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Tuesday January 31st -- Diefenbaker

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Chris Pennington

stHIS311Tuesday January 31 2012 The Origins of the KennedyDiefenbaker Feud Different backgroundsKennedy was raised in MA by a wealthy political familyDiefenbaker was raised in rural Canada by a poorer familyThey didnt have much in commonDiefenbaker was a bit resentful of Kennedy Kennedy was a Democrat while Diefenbaker was a conservative Different personalitiesDiefenbaker had grown up with something of a persecution complex German last nameKennedy was also a very arrogant man and didnt have the ability to treat Diefenbaker with the respect he neededDifferent policiesOrganization of American States o A body of North American and Latin American nations which was presumed by Canada to be dominated by the US since its inception o Canada never opted to join the OAS initially because Canadas ties had been to Britain and later on there never really seemed to be a pushing reason to joinTrade with communist nations o Canada continued to trade with communist nations during the Cold WarCuban revolution o The American response to the Cuban revolution was to isolate the country o US imposed a blockade on Cuba o There were two schools of thought on how to best deal with Cuba 1 isolate the regime to cause unrest which the US did or 2 embrace that country o The Canadian position was much more the second position that it made more sense to treat Cuba as a friend than isolate it as an enemyBay of Pigs Invasion 1961 o In April 1961 Kennedy authorized an invasion of Cuba known as the Bay of Pigs invasion comprised largely of Cuban exiles with the support of the CIA o Disastrous failure Castro was well aware the invasion was coming o Huge embarrassment for Kennedy o Important because without considering the fact that Kennedy had already launched a secret invasion of Cuba its harder to understand and sympathize with Diefenbakers position during the Cuban Missile Crisis
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