• Short Summary

    COMMENT ON THE "SKYBOLT" ISSUE CAME FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN PRESIDENT KENNEDY GAVE A TELEVISION INTERVIEW, BROADCAST FROM NEW YORK.

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    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: QUESTION: "SO DO YOU REACH THE POINT WHERE YOU HAVE TO SAY... I CAN'T GO TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ASK THEM TO ASSUME THIS BURDEN, AND THEY KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO DO THIS - JUST FOR EXAMPLE THE SKYBOLT?"



    KENNEDY: "WELL, LOOK AT SKYBOLT. THE UNITED STATES HAS DEVELOPED THE SKYBOLT. IT PUT 350 MILLION DOLLARS INTO SKYBOLT. NO OTHER COUNTRY HAS PUT ANYTHING INTO THE ACTUAL MANUFACTURE OF SKYBOLT. IF WE'D COMPLETED IT, THE BRITISH WOULD HAVE BOUGHT 100 MISSILES, WE WOULD HAVE BOUGHT 1,000 AND IT WOULD HAVE COST 2 1/2 BILLION DOLLARS. NO, WE TODAY PAY 80 PER CENT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE COST OF NATO, THE SUPPLY LINES, THE DEPOTS IN EUROPE. IT COSTS US ABOUT THREE BILLION DOLLARS IN OUR BALANCE OF PAYMENTS. AND THE AID WE GIVE AROUND THE WORLD..."



    "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE VERY CRITICAL, THE AMERICAN PRESS PRINTS A LOT OF BAD NEWS BECAUSE BAD NEWS IS NEWS AND GOOD NEWS IS NOT NEWS. AND SO THEY GET AN IMPRESSION ALWAYS THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT DOING ITS PART, AND THEN JUST THINK OF WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR 15 YEARS SINCE '45, THE COUNTRY REACHED A STAGE THE ALLIANCES OF WHICH WERE THE WHOLE... THE CENTRE THE WILLINGNESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO ACCEPT BURDENS ALL AROUND THE WORLD - I THINK IT'S FANTASTIC STRUGGLE".



    "WE HAVE ONE MILLION AMERICANS TODAY SERVING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. THERE'S NO COUNTRY IN HISTORY TO HAVE CARRIED THIS KIND OF BURDEN. OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE HAD FORCES SERVING OUTSIDE THEIR OWN COUNTRY, BUT FOR CONQUEST. WE HAVE TWO DIVISIONS IN SOUTH KOREA, NOT TO CONTROL SOUTH KOREA BUT TO DEFEND IT. WE HAVE A LOT OF AMERICANS IN SOUTH VIETNAM. WELL NOW, NO OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HAS EVER DONE THAT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD: GREECE, ROME, NAPOLEON AND ALL THE REST ALWAYS HAD CONQUESTS. WE HAVE A MILLION MEN OUTSIDE AND THEY'RE ONLY DEFENDING. NOW WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THAT RICH WESTERN EUROPE MUST PLAY ITS PART, AND I HOPE IT WILL".




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: COMMENT ON THE "SKYBOLT" ISSUE CAME FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN PRESIDENT KENNEDY GAVE A TELEVISION INTERVIEW, BROADCAST FROM NEW YORK.

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAID THAT "SKYBOLT" WOULD COST ABOUT 2,500 MILLION DOLLARS TO DEVELOP AND THAT IN THE END THE UNITED STATES WOULD HAVE 1,000 OF THEM AND BRITAIN 100. REMEMBERING THE FIVE FAILURES OF ITS FIVE TEST-FIRINGS AND RECALLING THE RANGE AND FLEXIBILITY OF SUCCESSFUL MISSILES NOW AVAILABLE - AND MORE PROMISING, IF MORE COMPLICATED, ONES TO COME - THE PRESIDENT FIRMLY IMPLIED THAT THE "SKYBOLT" WAS NO LONGER WORTH THE RISKS AND COST OF ITS DEVELOPMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA79W6PD12W50ZZXZKPQ1W95RG2
    Media URN:
    VLVA79W6PD12W50ZZXZKPQ1W95RG2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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