Thirteen days in October of 1962 were a few to remember. They were the days in which World War Three almost started and it was a time in which America was being threatened. It was a day that all people would remember as the closest we ever came to a nuclear war. To many Americans this was very frightening; we have all heard what nuclear weapons can do. No one wants to feel the effects of these nuclear weapons. But you may ask, what caused the crisis and why did it not end in World War III? Who and/or what were the most important actors, structures and institutions involved? And most importantly, which characteristics of those actors, structures and institutions provide the strongest, clearest and most efficient explanations for the…show more content… In the end, Khrushchev decided to give up and disarm. This was a relief for America, there wasn 't going to be a war. This was a point in history where it almost felt like the world stop turning, as if it was at a stand still. Forty-one years later, it seems as if this situation with Saddam is the exact same as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Maybe we can learn from it, maybe we can 't.
During these 13 days, America had to come up with a gameplan in order to protect their people in the safest manner. President John F. Kennedy created the Ex Comm or Executive Committee. The Ex Comm was a group of advisors that were gathered by President Kennedy in order to deal with this crisis. Members of the ExComm included some notable people such as Ted Sorensen (personal advisor and speechwriter for JFK), the attorney general, and the brother of JFK, Robert F. Kennedy.
Their first task was to clearly identify the problem in which they used U-2 spy planes to circle the expected location of the missiles . They then came up with a goal; to remove the missiles from Cuba. Afterwards, they came up with alternatives such as bombing Cuba, if their goal wasn’t met. The attorney general found this to be the best thing to do mainly because he thought in the Constructivist perspective. In essence, he wanted to blow Cuba off the face of the earth not thinking even the slightest bit that that action would cause a nuclear war. However, President Kennedy thought otherwise; he had a more realist