Unilateral Decision: The Naval Blockade on Cuba The naval blockade of Cuba was retaliation from John F Kennedy finding out about the Soviet Union creating secret nuclear missiles on Cuba. The time is October 22, 1962; the State of Union is not at peace. The United States and Soviet Union are in what is known as The Cold War, which lasted from 1945-91. The war leads to international crisis with alliances, naval battles and the Soviet Union, our biggest threat. The peace of the country was not existent at this time, because the naval blockade, which was implemented because John F. Kennedy found out that the Soviet Union were making missile and keeping them there on Cuban land (Crisp 1), is taking place nearly twenty years after the start of the Cold War.
Cuban Missile Crisis In October of 1962 the United States became aware that there was a Soviet Union missile base was under construction in Cuba. The United States did not want to have a war that was not necessary so they tried to resolve the issue. Everyone was mainly concerned about how close Cuba was to Florida, only 90 miles, and how easily they could be attacked. The Cuban Missile Crisis almost created an atomic war between the United States and the U.S.S.R. In 1959 Fidel Castro came into power in Cuba.
Have you made a mistake? Well, the United States made a big mistake on April 17th 1961. The mistake was a secret mission organized by CIA that was ok’d by the , John F. Kennedy, the president. The intent of the mission was to overthrow some of Castro’s officials because the united states were getting concerned with Cuba’s growing relationship with the Soviet Union. The U.S government supplied B-52 bombers for the mission.
Bad sentiments continued to pile up as Cuba imposed restrictions on the United States Embassy and especially when, after the United States “officially broke off diplomatic ties with Cuba, and travel by United States citizens to Cuba was forbidden ... Castro openly proclaimed his revolution to be ‘socialist’” (Hass 1998, 38). The day after this, the Bay of Pigs invasion occurred, but it failed in its job to topple Castro (Hass 1998, 38). Left with no diplomatic options and a failed military attempt, the United States decided that the only way to end Castro’s socialist regime was to sever all ties, and from 1961 to 1996, a series of acts were passed prohibiting the majority of trade and interaction with Cuba. (Hass 1998, 38). According to the... ... middle of paper ... ....org/publications/speeches/trade-democracy-peace-virtuous-cycle (July 11, 2013).
Later, President Clinton expanded the embargo to prevent foreign subsidiaries of American companies from trading with Cuba (Siegelbaum). After 9/11, American focus shifted away from Latin America. This moment was inevitable after a culmination of Washington’s leadership failures; both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were unwilling to stand up to powerful domestic constituencies (Hakim 39-40). As the United States began waging its war on terror... ... middle of paper ... ...pera Mundi. Opera Mundi, 29 May 2013.
Picture a country that has limits on how much you can make random government imprisonments and more what do you do. That is the situation for the eleven million seventy-five thousand two hundred forty-four people of Cuba since the takeover of Fidel Castro. The US is opposed to Castro taking control of Cuba. Castro managed to ease the United States nerves when he said that Cuba was against all forms of communism. According to Lana Wylie the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics became close allies with the Cubans.
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.
Embargo on Cuba The U.S. imposed an Embargo on Cuba on Oct. 19, 1960. Has the time come for the United States to lift the 5-decade embargo? The Embargo on Cuba was a part of America’s Cold War strategy against the Soviet Union, imposed on the basis that Cuba was a threat to the U.S. National Security because of their alliance with the Soviet Union. Although Cuba would like the U.S to terminate the embargo against their country, the U.S. wants Cuba to make their situation a better living environment and to promote human rights for its citizens. The Cuban Embargo, also known as “el bloqueo” to Cuban citizens, was declared by the United States in 1960 to eliminate imports of Cuban goods.