I was a sophomore at Portland State and was in the Office of Student Affairs when this speech came over the PA system.
Given the Hitlerian nature - big lie, scapegoat phantom enemy et al of Putin - and the implications of the failure of the EU to be allowed to extend itself into its rightful territory - if the people in that territory desire it - I think this speech applies at least as much today as it did in 1962.
Too bad the United States has left the playing field.
I guess stupid wastes of money and lives in Iraq and Afghanistan have taught us a lesson.
Too bad the lesson is bogus.
But I guess that bogosity is only one more cost to be piled atop the trillions of wasted dollars and hundreds of thousands – or more, depending on whom you choose to count – of wasted lives resulting from Georgie’s wars.
And if you are wondering if I believe that the following words apply today:
"It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union."
Obviously the geographic names need to be changed; and the backdrop for that statement in the current context is that, when the Neo-Soviets invade Ukraine, that we will counter with conventional military force, no matter where that counter force might lead.
If that counter force escalates, so be it.
Just my thoughts.
The Pyrenees are still not very far for the Slavic hoard to travel if all we do is dither.
So, sadly, we are at the crossroads again.
Maybe the devil will show up and teach us all how to play the blues.
Maybe we will just do the human thing and obliterate ourselves.
Kipling went into great detail about the Bandar Log.
Kipling was a poet and a prophet.