With all due respect, Lew Jeppson (Readers' Forum, June 5) is the one in need of some history lessons. John F. Kennedy, against the counsel of his advisers, met with Khrushchev, who was emboldened by what he perceived as weakness in Kennedy.
Absent this perception, it is unlikely that Russian missiles would have been placed in Cuba in the first place, and there would have been no Cuban missile crisis call it what you like, but Kennedy did little more than escape from a hole that he was largely responsible for digging.
Peter F. Malen Jr.
Salt Lake City