Effects of the Cold War

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A substantial amount of people consider John F. Kennedy to be one of the greatest presidents of all time due to his involvement in the Cold War. The Cold War is a period of time dating back between the late 1940’s to the early 1990’s in which America’s preeminent concern, was containing the Soviet Union and their morals on spreading communism. Considering that the Cold War lasted around forty some years, there are many short terms and long terms effects that go along with it. While the effects of the Cold War seemed to be drastic it actually was a war in which no shots were fired.
The main reason America decided to get involved in starting the Cold War was to try to contain communism. During the Cold War, the United States’ weapons arsenal was extremely built up. Demonstrating the new powers they have obtained after the Manhattan Project, America showed that it was ready to be the matchless superpower of the world ("Cold War."). However, the Soviet’s were not ready to give into that thought just yet. The Soviet’s built up their arsenal as well trying to scare Americans. They did happen to scare Americans by sending nuclear missiles to communist country, Cuba which was located off the coast of Florida ("Cuban Missile Crisis."). With both having nuclear weapons, the world was in grave danger of another World War.
The Cuban Missile Crisis is why most people consider Kennedy to be one of the greatest presidents of all time. Many people believe that Kennedy’s role in the presidency drastically affected the outcome of the Cold War. With the Soviets on the brink of potentially firing missiles from Cuba, Kennedy had to act quickly. Kennedy then sent a naval blockade to Cuba and was ready to invade, had the Soviets fired their missiles....

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