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James Lateer

JFK, Ike and German Foreign Policy

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I am finishing up the book Kampf Und Kanzleramt about Konrad Adenauer and Ludwig Erhard and their political careers. It is obvious to me that the Francis Gary Powers U-2 incident and the JFK assassination were closely related.

The U-2 incident derailed the summit of 1960 between Ike and Khrushchev.

Both of these were clandestine CIA operations designed to avoid either Ike or JFK from cutting a deal to re-unite Germany as a neutralized buffer state or buffer zone in central Europe.

This fear of the "Rapacki Plan" or German reunificaiton and neutralization was the motive for both acts, ie the U-2 incident and the JFK assassination.

James Lateer
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