The list of JFK historians who cling to the myth that he would have escalated the Vietnam War, just like his successor did, has dwindled to an uninformed few. Even most establishment historians now admit that JFK intended to pull out of Vietnam altogether in 1964, as evidenced by his National Security Action Memo 263 which he signed just weeks before his death. NSAM 263 called for the removal of any and all American military presence in southeast Asia during his second term.
Once this fact is absorbed and accepted, any serious historian must then ask how and why did JFK's own VP escalate the Vietnam War so dramatically and quickly? For the answer one must examine who wanted Kennedy dead and how did these people benefit from his death? Long-time Kennedy hater, D. H. Byrd, Dallas oil millionaire and LBJ associate, was one of those who reaped a windfall from the swift foreign policy reversal. His Ling-Temco-Vought corporation was awarded a large defense contract as Vietnam ramped up.
Bell Helicopter, a company with covert CIA connections, got the government contract to make Huey helicopters. According to General Fletcher Prouty, ex-CIA liaison to the Pentagon, Textron, a CIA proprietary, "...did acquire the Bell Helicopter Company and the CIA did step up use of helicopters in southeast Asia, to the point where
orders for Bell Helicopters for use in Vietnam exceeded $600-million. Anyone wanting to know more about how the U.S. got so heavily ($200-billion and the loss of 58,000 American lives) involved in Indochina need look no further. This was the pattern and the plan."
Bell was replete with employees who had overt CIA ties in high security clearance jobs. One employee was Walter Dornberger, an ex-Nazi who was recruited into US intelligence by Allen Dulles. The same Allen Dulles who was fired as CIA director by Kennedy in 1961. Another Bell employee was Michael Paine, husband of Ruth Paine. The same Ruth Paine who got Lee Harvey Oswald his job in the Texas School Book Depository.
Brown & Root/Halliburton, whose officers hated JFK and his policies, also got massively rich off Vietnam. George Brown of Brown & Root contributed heavily to LBJ's political coffers. And just hours after the assassination, LBJ was overheard telling an aide that he had to sell off his Halliburton stock.
Given this evidence, one must conclude that JFK's murder and the escalation of the Vietnam War were not unrelated events.