The Cuban Missile Crisis

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The United States was already weary of the Soviets and mistrusted the intentions of the USSR. A well-honed policy of maskirovka (the Russian word for what the CIA calls denial and deception tactics, or D&D) ensures that the Soviet intentions and strategies are well cloaked. This was true during the Cuban Missile Crisis. By the time Kennedy got the intelligence reports showing the reconnaissance photographs from the Soviet installations in Cuba, the President publically "proclaimed that any nuclear missile attack from Cuba would be regarded as an attack by the Soviet Union and would be responded to accordingly," ("Revelations from the Russian Archives," 2010). The threat was taken seriously. Kennedy did not think too deeply about how Castro might respond, even in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion. To act out of fear of Castro's wrath would have meant pandering to the Soviets, because Nikita Khrushchev "presented the scheme as a means of protecting Cuba from another United States-sponsored invasion." Khrushchev understood brilliantly the art of maskirovka. The CIA admits, "Russian military texts indicate that maskirovka is treated as an operational art to be polished by professors of military science and officers who specialize in this area." Knowing this, President Kennedy "also imposed a naval quarantine on Cuba to prevent further Soviet shipments of offensive military weapons from arriving there." The Soviet perception of the American threat was different. The top

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