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Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008)

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 ... See full summary »



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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 Anonymous

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17 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Extremely Academic and Erudite Documentary, Seemingly Not Intended to Be Entertaining.
2 August 2016 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

...........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA.....and ORLANDO, FL

President Kennedy, far and away my favorite U.S. President, is put under a virtual microscope in this extremely academic and erudite documentary. Its focus: To scrutinize every existing scrap of public record/information regarding Kennedy's propensity, or lack thereof, to involve the United States in a land war in Southeast Asia; specifically Vietnam. Interesting and thought provoking? YES...Entertaining? Not intended to be in the slightest!

VIRTUAL JFK was totally successful in achieving this apparent intention. As a 2009 Orlando Film Festival entry in the Documentary category, I don't think anyone was expecting anything even remotely reminiscent of Oliver Stone's JFK. Yet, one has to ask oneself...Just who in the hell were they making this film for? Despite a keen interest in both Kennedy and everything related to the Vietnam "Conflict", I found the endless drilling the journalists did on certain topics to be numbing...Putting me into a near hypnotic state; causing me sometimes to lose focus on the seemingly endless back and forth conversation strings.

All in all, VIRTUAL JFK makes its case rather well: That Kennedy would have undoubtedly taken a very different course in Vietnam, had he continued in office, and on to almost certain re-election; One that, in the end, would have totally altered both our own history and that of the world! However, the utter intensity of the focus sometimes gets in its own way...Prompting me to give this an overall rating of


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