A “Cold War” has the definition of, “a conflict characterized by the use of means short of

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A “Cold War” has the definition of, “a conflict characterized by the use of means short of sustained overt military action”. This is exactly what happened between two world superpowers, the United States, which was led by President Kennedy, and the Soviet Union, which was led by Premier Khrushchev, between the years of 1945 and 1990. The U.S. tried to keep communist contained so that it would not spread, but the U.S.S.R. had other plans. Though no large scale military attack between the two directly, there were several small skirmishes in which both countries had a hand in and high, war threatening moves were made by both sides. These small skirmishes and threatening movements by both sides caused the closest thing to WWIII publicly known…show more content…
This is important because it shows the lengths the U.S. government would go to remove Castro from power. Eventually, diplomatic relations between Castro and the U.S. broke down, and with Castro’s influence, the U.S.’s and Latin America’s diplomatic relations broke down also. This was due to the fact that Castro’s influence on other South American countries was hurting America’s relationships with said countries, so the United States government felt that he had to go. To do this, the United States tried to hurt Cuba economically by putting a trade embargo on Cuba. This didn’t bring about the desired results, because the Soviet Union helped them out economically, increasing relations between the two. Due to the failure of the trade embargo Eisenhower’s administration planned the Bay of Pigs invasion, which was later carried out by Kennedy. This invasion involved training ex-Cubans militarily, and sending them back to Cuba to overthrow Castro with support of U.S. air support. Though the Soviets and Castro new of the invasion date, April 17th, 1961, President Kennedy continued with the invasion as planned. The invasion was an embarrassing failure, due to the fact that at the last moment, Kennedy decided against providing air support. Kennedy admitted to the American public that the U.S. government was behind the failed invasion, but instead of backlash from the public, Kennedy gained

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