Jordan Belleman. Ms. Verdino Ms. Kingmr. Muraco . Social

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Jordan Belleman Ms. Verdino Ms. King Mr. Muraco Social Studies 801 12 May 2017 The Cuban Missile Crisis “The most terrifying moment in my life was October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I did not know all the facts we have learned only recently how close we were to war but I know enough to make me tremble” (Joseph Rotblat). During the Cuban missile crisis, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles from the U.S. shores. To keep news of the crisis from leaking, a concocted cold was blamed for President Kennedy’s cancellation of public events. Also president Kennedy notified all the…show more content…
You might, say, however that it was just one step of many that have worked against the Cuban economy and culminated with the dissolution of the soviet army. Cuba had established ties with the Soviet Union in 59’ which caused tensions and hostilities before and leading up to the missile crisis. This was also the first year that Fidel Castro came into power via the Cuban Revolution and the the Soviet Union was reportedly surprised to find that they could have an ally so close to the U.S.. The Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 was a direct and dangerous confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War and was the moment when the two superpowers came closest to nuclear conflict. This was like Russian Roulette. But it was Kennedy’s decision to launch or not. There were a lot of American combat fatalities. A soviet spy was a valuable mole. Among the steps taken by the CIA to remove Castro, a bridged of about 1,400 anti-Castro Cuban exiles was raised. The CIA decided to use this force in a large scale invasion of the island, with the backing of its own Air Force. This, it was assumed, would trigger mass rising and overthrow Castro’s government. Yet Eisenhower, who had all been supreme allied commander at D-day, recognized the risks of failure and hesitated. This left John F. Kennedy to make a decision whether or not to launch the

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