Was there a conspiracy to murder President John F. Kennedy? The new Oliver Stone movie -- "JFK" -- argues that there was, involving the Secret Service, the CIA, the FBI, the military-industrial complex and just about every other element of the 1960s establishment. Why did they want to kill President Kennedy? Because he had decided to turn soft on communism in his second term, pull out of Vietnam, ease up on Fidel Castro, make friends with Nikita Khrushchev -- in other words, throw the Cold War.
The cold, hard fact is, there is no credible evidence of such a conspiracy. There is not even any credible evidence President Kennedy, a dedicated cold warrior, was inclined to change his foreign policy so drastically. The theories that Mr. Stone offers have already been examined and rejected -- in some cases ridiculed -- in numerous forums. The movie's prime source is a book by former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, who took his case to a jury in a courtroom, which quickly rejected it in its entirety.
A generation that will be introduced to the events by the movie and a generation that may have forgotten the investigations of the past need to be reminded of a couple of things.