Among other interesting aspects of the debate Friday was whether President Bush is now doing what Democratic President John F. Kennedy would have done in this situation.

The issue came up after Rep. Joseph Kennedy, D-Mass., the late president's nephew, told the House to consider "what it's going to be like to face up to the tears of mothers and fathers when their sons come home in body bags."Rep. Gerald Solomon, R-N.Y., then recalled that President Kennedy sought and got Congress' approval to use "whatever means may be necessary" to make the Soviets take missiles out of Cuba in 1962.

Solomon quoted JFK saying then that "the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing. The 1930s taught us a clear lesson: Aggressive conduct - if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged - ultimately leads to war."