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At the time the speech was given the United States had already been secretly negot... ... middle of paper ... ... planned to read if the United States was to enter a war. It reads “My fellow Americans, with a heavy heart, and in necessary fulfillment of my oath of office, I have ordered - and the United States Air Force has now carried out - military operations with conventional weapons only, to remove a major nuclear weapons build-up from the soil of Cuba.” John F. Kennedy was prepared to go to war, even to the point of having an announcement speech written. However due to his ability to keep the American people calm while pressuring the Soviet Union; he was able to prevent what could have been the worst war in history. After suffering a major embarrassment and failure at the Bay of Pigs, John F. Kennedy was determined to take a more careful and thorough approach. This approach led to the Cuban Missile Crisis being ended peacefully and a third World War being adverted.
Cuban Missile Crisis Analysis Works Cited Missing The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the most important events in United States history; it’s even easy to say world history because of what some possible outcomes could have been from it. The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 was a major Cold War confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. After the Bay of Pigs Invasion the USSR increased its support of Fidel Castro's Cuban regime, and in the summer of 1962, Nikita Khrushchev secretly decided to install ballistic missiles in Cuba. President Kennedy and the other leaders of our country were faced with a horrible dilemma where a decision had to be made. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara outlined three possible courses of action for the president: "The political course of action" of openly approaching Castro, Khrushchev, and U.S. allies in a gambit to resolve the crisis diplomatically, an option that McNamara and others considered unlikely to succeed; "a course of action that would involve declaration of open surveillance" coupled with "a blockade against offensive weapons entering Cuba"; and "military action directed against Cuba, starting with an air attack against the missiles" (Chang, 2).
The plan for the invasion had in fact been Richard Nixon's, however President Eisenhower and the CIA took it from there, forming it into a plan, titled "A Program of Covert Action Against the Castro Regime". It took place earlier than the official breakdown of Cuban/American relations. Signs of wear and tear in the relations had been obvious earlier as well. When John Kennedy succeeded Eisenhower as the president, he agreed and made some amendments in the plan. The invasion was performed by trained Cuban exiles just about 1300 with American weapons landed in the Bay of Pigs.
The fact that Grenada constructed a military-grade airport with Cuban military engineers really was a red flag for President Reagan to take charge. Apparently, there were a lot of soviet weapons being stored at the newly constructed airport. While we as a nation often have good intentions of helping out countries in need, I do believe there were some ulterior motives in this particular war. I would venture a guess, and say that President Reagan made this unwise, and brash decision, largely in part, because he wanted to take the attention off the 240 U.S. Marines that were killed by a Muslim suicide bomber in Beirut. Of course President Reagan had his own words to say on the reasons for such an attack, he told a national television audience "That the invasion aimed to restore law and order and constitutional government on the island, where a brutal group of leftist thugs violently seized power last week."
Fidel Castro, the Prime minister of Cuba at that time (later to become President) asked for assistance from the Soviet Union to help shield it from possible American invasion. There was a treaty between the two countries. The Soviet Union; aware that they were behind in the arm’s race and panicking agreed and started to set up missile bases in Cuba. This would have increased the Soviet Union’s power and presence in the world. America discovered what was happening, and after serious consultations with the National Security Council Kennedy decided upon placing a naval blockade.