The Cold War and US Diplomacy

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Diplomacy While President John F. Kennedy was only the commander and chief for a brief period of years, not even fulfilling a full term, he was extremely beloved. Not just for the work that he completed in the United States, such as founding the Peace Corps, but for his strategic and diplomatic relations with what were often extremely tense diplomatic relations. One of the most famous incidents of precarious international relations was the Cuban Missile Crisis; it was during this occasion that Kennedy had to use strategic and rock solid diplomatic techniques.
The Cuban Missile Crisis This incident began in the fall of 1962; a U.S. spy plane had photographed nuclear missile sites being created by the Soviet Union on Cuba (jfklibrary.org). Kennedy was well aware that strategically, it was best if neither the Soviet Union nor Cuba found out that America had intelligence on these missiles; rather Kennedy and his advisors conjoined secretly, discussing what the most effective plan would be. "According to Nikita Khrushchev's memoirs, in May 1962 he conceived the idea of placing intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Cuba as a means of countering an emerging lead of the United States in developing and deploying strategic missiles" (Loc.gov, 2010). The missiles also had the added benefit of being pitched to Cuba as a means of protecting the country from another American invasion, such as the ineffective Bay of Pigs invasion in 2010 (loc.gov, 2010). It's…
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