The Cold War : Cuban Missile Crisis

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Andrew Villaseñor Mr. DuBois
World Studies
19 June 2015
The Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis

"Nuclear catastrophe was hanging by a thread ... and we weren 't counting days or hours, but minutes." Soviet General and Army Chief of Operations, Anatoly Gribkov

The closest the World has ever been to nuclear war was with The Cuban Missile Crisis. The lives of millions lay in the ability of President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev to reach an agreement. The crisis began when the United States discovered that just ninety miles from the coast of Florida, the Soviet Union had set up nuclear missiles. On October 22, Kennedy announced the discovery of the missile installations to the public and his decision of the naval quarantine around the island. He also announced that any nuclear missile launched from Cuba would be regarded as an attack on the United States by the Soviet Union and demanded that the Soviets remove all of the missiles from Cuba. For thirteen days the two major superpowers of the world were on the verge of a nuclear war.
During the administration of our thirty fifth United States President, John F. Kennedy, the Cold War reached its most dangerous state, when the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) came to the brink of nuclear war in what was known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cold War was a struggle between the United States and its allies and the Soviet Union. Although direct military conflict never took place,…
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