Book Review: Berlin 1961 - WSJ.com: "Somehow worse never came to worst, and surely the bottom line is that there was no war and that West Berlin remained intact to become the capital of a re-united, democratic Germany. Whether this was achieved by good luck or good management or faint-heartedness is moot and likely to remain so. Mr. Kempe's point is that Kennedy's indecisiveness in the early stages of the crisis produced the wall itself, an exponential increase in East-West tension, and, in the half-century that followed, other fateful consequences that included the Cuban missile crisis—and, though Mr. Kempe doesn't say so, the Vietnam War, along with social and strategic spores that lodged in the American psyche and darkened world opinion with results yet to be revealed. It also provided, as Mr. Kempe puts it in the final sentence of this mind-shaking work of investigative history, an example 'of what unfree systems can impose when free leaders fail to resist.'"... that Jack wasn't actually on the other side. So he only nearly got the world blown up instead of just putting you directly in chains while you watch American Idol.
What's that? You were getting suspicious of the clinking sounds? It's probably too late bro, but thanks for all the "help". /sarc