In the second segment of the Uncommon Knowledge interview with the author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism, James Piereson takes up the assassination itself. Who—and why?
Although often portrayed as either a martyr for the civil rights movement or the victim of a violent right-wing subculture, JFK was instead a casualty of the cold war—our thirty-fifth chief executive, the leader of the free world, gunned down by a dedicated Communist.
Oswald’s motive in shooting President Kennedy was to interrupt the Kennedy administration’s efforts either to overthrow or assassinate Fidel Castro. That was why he acted as he did.
Grasp that, James Piereson explains, and you will find that a great deal follows from it.