The Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the United States has ever come to participating in nuclear war, and the trepidation experienced by Americans spanning those thirteen days was unmatched throughout history. At that time, the United States was aware of the missiles in Cuba and the Soviets also knew that the United States possessed knowledge of those missiles as well. The United States was at its highest state of readiness in history (DEFCON-3) and the Soviets were prepared to use their nuclear wea... ... middle of paper ... ..., killing millions. Intelligence needs to be confirmed and the government needs to act based on that information and not false accusations. Unfortunately, many of these lessons have been forgotten by the United States government and they continue to carry out operations based on falsified intelligence.
The Cuban Missile Crisis John F. Kennedy's greatest triumph as President of the United States came in 1962, as the world's two largest superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, edged closer and closer to nuclear war. The Soviet premier of Russia was caught arming Fidel Castro with nuclear weapons. The confrontation left the world in fear for thirteen long days, with the life of the world on the line. In 1962, Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union, employed a daring gambit. He secretly ordered the placement of Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba.
Bombardment of Cuba was the initial reaction, but JFK calmed everyone down. The next day on October 28, Russia agreed to withdraw their missiles from Cuba. If they had not, war may have begun. We are lucky to have such a comprehensive account of this very tense time in U.S. history. Robert Kennedy did a remarkable job recording these thirteen days of what seemed like hell.
October of 1962 is considered by many the closest the world has ever been to a third World War. As pressure between the Soviet Union and United State grew so did the fears of the American people. Due in part because of its proximity to the United States, Cuba was the perfect place from which the Soviet Union could launch an attack. This was cause for real alarm, Cuba had already begun building silos and launch pads for nuclear missiles that would be able to do massive amounts of damage to the United States. John F. Kennedy’s speech regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the greatest factors in preventing a third World War as well as keeping domestic peace.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world has ever been to a nuclear war which would have doomed the human race. For thirteen days the world was scared to death of what could happen. In a nutshell, the Soviet Union under leadership of Nikita Khrushchev tried to counter the lead of the United States in developing and deploying strategic missiles. The Soviet Union or USSR knew of the missiles the United States had set up in Turkey. (Garthoff) To gain first strike capabilities they reached an agreement with Cuba under the leadership of Fidel Castro set up missiles in Cuba.
The Cuban Missile Crisis The closest the world has come to nuclear war was the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The Soviets had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the United States. U.S. armed forces were at their highest state of readiness. Most people were consumed in the fear of an all out nuclear war, or were they? In all actuality most people were "more concerned with their lives and how the Yankees would fare in the World Series".
Each was trying to spread their form of government throughout the world. In October 1962, a U.S. spy plane caught the Soviet Union attempting to' sneak nuclear-tipped missiles into Cuba, 90 miles off the United States' coast. Kennedy determined at the outset that this could not stand. After a week of secret deliberations with his most trusted advisers, he announced the discovery to the world and... ... middle of paper ... ...own). Now that the blockade had proven efficient in stopping new materials from coming in, one question still stood; how do we get the Russians to withdraw their missiles from Cuba?
The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the key events in the Cold War Neely bring us to the brink of thermonuclear war. With the failed Bay of Pigs invasion the Soviets wanted to bulk up Cuba’s defense to resist any further aggression so that they could have a Soviet satellite in the western hemisphere. (cmc article 257) The Soviets told the United States that they were giving Cuba defensive weapons to defend themselves against any further invasion but they also gave Cuba Offensive weapons that could strike into the heart of the United States. This greatly made the government concern about the Soviets and possible first strike capabilities against the United States rendering them unable to fire back. The Soviets were trying to strong arm the United States to limit its capabilities on striking them.
Soon enough president Kennedy had to talk to one of their leaders about what are they doing with the missiles and if they do not remove it there will be a war. The Cuban missile crisis happened during the Cold War between the United States of America and the Soviet Union. It was basically a waiting game to see who will make the first move. Evidence: On October 1962, a U.S. spy plane caught Soviet Union moving nuclear missiles into Cuba. After a week of careful discussion with his advisers, President Kennedy then forced a naval blockade which prevented materials from coming in but it did not work for soviets from operating the missiles that were already there.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was the biggest event of the cold war. It was the result from the United States dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan, and the following race by the Soviets to equal the nuclear arms race with the United States. The crisis was the closest the world ever came to having a nuclear war. There is no denying the importance of the steps taken by both President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in bringing the crisis to a peaceful end. The crisis started in 1962 when the Soviet Union started to build nuclear missile sites in Cuba.