Not as president, at least.
That's because he, like former President Donald Trump, is no fan of the "forever war" mindset of the American deep state and has just said as much during a major foreign policy speech that almost no one heard or knows about.
Referring to him as a "rising star," LifeSite News noted that RFK Jr., "who has earned significant favorability against incumbent Joe Biden since he launched his left-field candidacy in April, argued for peace and de-escalation amid rising tensions with Russia in a speech heavily referencing the policies advanced by his uncle, former U.S. President John F. Kennedy."
In his speech at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, Kennedy, an author, environmental lawyer, and prominent vaccine skeptic, expressed his belief that together, “we can restore America to the awesome vitality of the original Kennedy era” through de-escalation and trust-building.
“As in my uncle’s time, nuclear tensions are at an extreme and dangerous level,” Kennedy Jr. said, harkening back to JFK’s "Peace Speech" he gave at American University in Washington, D.C., in June 1963, just a few months before he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in November of that year.
During his speech, the late former president encouraged Americans who were grappling with the tensions of the Cold War, particularly with Soviet Russia, to acknowledge shared aspects with the Russians. Despite considering communism as "profoundly repugnant," he urged the audience to avoid developing a “distorted and desperate view of the other side.”
Now, six decades later, RFK Jr. is urging America to take the same approach with Russia as its war with Ukraine continues.
“As in [JFK’s] time, we have a unique opportunity not only to diffuse those tensions but to take a radically different path,” he said. “A path towards peace.”
According to RFK Jr., the "Forever War" and the growing military presence are causes for concern. He argued that the founders of America were worried about the impact of imperialism abroad on the country's economy and increased surveillance at home. He also warned that America is now at risk of facing the worst possible outcome -- nuclear Armageddon. He said it is a "dangerous lie" for anyone to suggest that a nuclear conflict would not necessarily result in widespread destruction.
“We have been immersed in a foreign policy discourse that is all about adversaries, and threats, and allies, and enemies, and domination,” he said in his speech. “We’ve become addicted to comic book good versus evil narratives that erase complexity and blind us to the legitimate motives and the legitimate cultural [and] economic concerns, and the legitimate security concerns, of other peoples and other nations.”
“I abhor Russia’s brutal and bloody invasion of that nation,” Kennedy stated. “But we must understand that our government has also contributed to its circumstances through repeated, deliberate provocations of Russia going back to the 1990s.”
He went on to accuse prior U.S. administrations of violating an agreement not to expand NATO territory toward Russia, which, as a result, has subsequently “surrounded Russia with missiles and military bases, something that we would never tolerate if the Russians did that to us.”
Calling Ukraine “a pawn in a proxy war between the United States and Russia,” Kennedy added that he believes the U.S. is engaging in an all-out bid to topple Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime, unnecessarily sparking a perilous escalation of nuclear tensions.