Jfk and the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Running head: JFK HANDLES THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS President JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis Contemporary History June 12, 2010 The Cuban Missile Crisis forever marked 1962 as the year the world almost witnessed a nuclear war. The Soviet Union, Cuba, and the United States were all teetering on the edge of a cliff that was crumbling from the weight of fear, tension, and secrecy. It also marked the official end of Americans innocent belief that they were safe in the glow of Lady Liberty’s torch. Yet amidst the dark shadow of nuclear threat one American president rose to this challenge and proved that peace through strength is the best strategy. In 1962 the Soviet Premier was Nikita Kruschchev. During this time the Soviet Union…show more content…
Kennedy’s final step, as laid out in his speech, was more of a personal statement to Kruschchev when he stated that, “Seventh and finally: I call upon Chairman Khrushchev to halt and eliminate this clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace and to stable relations between our two nations. I call upon him further to abandon this course of world domination, and to join in an historic effort to end the perilous arms race and to transform the history of man. He has an opportunity now to move the world back from the abyss of destruction--by returning to his government 's own words that it had no need to station missiles outside its own territory, and withdrawing these weapons from Cuba--by refraining from any action which will widen or deepen the present crisis--and then by participating in a search for peaceful and permanent solutions.” (Kennedy, 1962). Now the world would simply have to wait to see if Kruschchev would heed this warning/request. The very next day Kruschchev wrote a letter to President Kennedy addressing

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