I think it started like that.
In the wind.
Defense contractors, oil bankers.
Just conversation.

A call is made. Maybe to someone
like my superior officer General Y.

We're going. We need your help.
In the fall. Probably in the South.
We want you to come up with a plan.
I can do that.

Everything is cellularized.
No one said, "He must die." No vote.
Nothing's on paper.

There's no one to blame.
Is as old as the crucifixion.
Or the military firing squad.
Five bullets, one blank. No one's guilty.
Everybody in the power structure...
...has a plausible deniability.
No compromising connections
except at the most secret point.

But it must succeed.
No matter how many die
or how much it costs...

...the perpetrators must be
on the winning side...

...and never subject to prosecution
for anything by anyone.

That is a coup d'état.
Kennedy announces the Texas trip
in September.

At that moment, second Oswalds
pop up all over Dallas...

...where they have the mayor
and the cops in their pocket.

General Y flies in the assassins.
Maybe from the special camp
we keep near Athens, Greece.

They'd be locals, Cubans, Mafia hire.
Separate teams.

Does it matter who shot...
...from what rooftop?
Part of the scenery.
I keep thinking about that Tuesday...
...the 26th of November.
The day after they buried Kennedy.
Gentlemen, I am not going to let Vietnam
go like China did.

I'm committed...
...not to take our soldiers out of there
till they know we mean business in Asia.

Lyndon Johnson signs
National Security Memo 273...

...which reverses
Kennedy's withdrawal policy...

...and approves covert action
against North Vietnam...