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[i]"Why should we spend that kind of dough to put a man on the moon? (break) But it seems to me what we've got to try and do, is for the reasons you suggested: we've got to wrap around in this country, a military use for what we're doing and spending in space. If we don't, it does look like a stunt and too much money...
I think it's the only way we're going to be able to defend it before the public in the next 12 months. We're not going to have anything spectacular ourselves and if the Russians don't have any, it's going to be open season next year (break). But I'd like to see what we could do to get the military, you said they're holding out, but we can, we can give this thing a military slant. In the final - we can justify the military or national security route much better than we can justify the prestige these days. (break)[/i]
[i]Webb: Would you be better off thinking about '64 in the political year, if you just took a military man and put him in charge of this program?
President Kennedy: That is a way, I don't think that what we ought to do now, but I am concerned that I have a - I think this can be an asset, this program. I think in time, it's like a lot of things, this is mid journey and therefore everybody says 'what the hell are we making this trip for' but at the end of the thing they may be glad we made it. But we've got to defend ourselves now and I think that at least its occurred to me that unless the Russians do something spectacular, the only way we can defend ourselves is if we put a national security rather than a prestige label on this.[/i]
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