VIRTUAL JFK investigates one of the most debated "what if" scenarios in the history of U.S. foreign policy: What would President John F. Kennedy have done in Vietnam if he had not been assassinated in 1963, and had he been re-elected in 1964? The film employs what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls "virtual history," assessing the plausibility of counterfactuals - "what ifs" - and the outcomes they might have produced. The heart of the film deals with the question: Does it matter who is president on issues of war and peace? Written by
Did You Know?
The narration states that Secret Service agents failed to protect William McKinley
on 6 September 1901. When McKinley was alive, the Secret Service was a Treasury investigation committee, inspecting national currency to root out counterfeit bills. It was not assigned to presidential protection until the aftermath of McKinley's murder. See more