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John F. Kennedy 's Strategy On Foreign Policy

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John F. Kennedy’s Strategy on US Foreign Policy

Although John F. Kennedy’s record on foreign policy has received mixed reviews because of his all too short presidency, Kennedy’s approach or strategy on how to deal with international issues gave the United States of America options on foreign policy, both then and now.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born to a rich and privileged family who was already a well politically connected family. The Kennedy’s fortune came from the stock market, entertainment, and other business ventures by Joseph “Joe” Kennedy who also served as ambassador to the United Kingdom during the start of World War II; Chairman of both the Security and Exchange Commission and the Federal Maritime Commission. His mother’s, Rose, father, John F. Fitzgerald served as Mayor of Boston and as a U.S. Congressman and his grandfather, a member of the Massachusetts State House and Senate.

From this tradition of service, John F. Kennedy, although constantly sick, enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. While serving as a PT boat skipper, Kennedy’s boat was damaged by a Japanese destroyer. His leadership was seen when he safely led his crew from behind enemy lines. His heroism led to him be decorated twice.

After the war, Kennedy worked as a reporter for the Hearst newspapers. Kennedy was both a bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner. Kennedy’s experiences and his desire to serve Boston’s working class caused him to run and win the U.S. Congress. After
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