We can all agree that history is not linear or predictable. History has periods of relative calm and times of intense change and turmoil. These inflection points are only visible much later than the events occur. It requires an entire generation or two to gain any sense of perspective on the importance of key events.
At an inflection point a decision by a leader can have an impact that is profound enough to affect the lives of millions of people. A key turning point in history occurred in 1963 under the leadership of John F. Kennedy. Although he did not even complete a full term as president he was involved with the three major crises of the time.
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