Schlesinger states that all participants talked from a constructive and peaceful perspective
HISTORICAL protagonists of the Cold War’s most dramatic
days, as the October Crisis has been called, have agreed in
highlighting the lessons of this year’s conference. This is also
the case of Arthur Schlesinger Jr., advisor to the late John F.
Schlesinger, who played an important role in the
decision-making of those days, confirmed he was convinced
the meeting had been a success, he had found it very useful
and believes that once again all those who played their part
in the October 1962 events plus present-day scholars have
learned a lot.
Whilst talking to the National News Agency (AIN), Schlesinger
noted the importance of the recently concluded document
declassification, considering it productive and useful for the
recent meeting, recognizing its contribution in helping to
understand opinions and decisions adopted at a specific
The 85 year-old politician assured he was happy to participate
in the event where everyone spoke from a constructive and
He shared his opinion that it was useful to clarify as much as
possible what had happened for the sake of history, because
memories begin to fade with the passing of time. For
example, someone presents a document and asks ‘why did
the president sign this’ and in all honesty one may not
remember the text nor the reason it was signed.
WITNESS TO KENNEDY’S DECISION TO IMPROVE
Regarding the controversial rumor that Kennedy was
considering improving relations with Cuba after the October
Crisis, his former advisor -considered one of the men most
identified with the assassinated president - firmly confirmed
Schlesinger noted that he was a direct witness to those
intentions, and recalled how Kennedy had mentioned more
than once that, despite other issues demanding his attention,
the president was thinking of ways and means for having
better rapprochment with Havana.
When asked if he remembered what steps the president
planned to take to make that happen, Schlesinger mentioned
a letter, the contents of which he could not specifically recall,
which was addressed to the Cuban government and sent via
the Brazilian government.
He concluded by stating that Kennedy’s efforts were cut short
by his assassination at the end of that year.