The wisdom of Ted Sorensen -- and Bruce Willis

The Kennedy speechwriter, and the Republican star, set the record straight in Vanity Fair.

Published May 14, 2007 12:13PM (EDT)

I was glad to see Ted Sorensen once again set the record straight on JFK in the current Vanity Fair (yes, the one in which Republican Bruce Willis says,"They still havenb



Yes, Kennedy was a shrewd political operator and cagey diplomat who knew that he could not completely reject the assumptions and rhetoric of the Cold War. To do so in those years would have invited his foes at home and abroad to crush him. Nonetheless, he was intent on creating a new framework for world peace. And to simply brand him a "die-hard adversary of Communismb

By David Talbot

David Talbot, the founder of Salon, is the author of New York Times bestsellers like "Brothers," "The Devil's Chessboard," and "Season of the Witch." His most recent book is "Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke."

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