The following thirteen days are considered the closets the world has ever been and hopefully ever will be to a thermonuclear war. The Cuban missile crisis is the World’s only example of a possible mutually destructive nuclear conflict and therefore is the base case study for all nuclear debate. This paper argues that the peaceful resolution of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 is limitedly attributed to nuclear deterrence, there was greater value in strategic diplomacy and conventional military tactics. Nuclear weapons act as a catalyst within political situations and diplomacy. The limited value of nuclear weapons does not outweigh the possible cataclysmic consequences of their existence.
Principles in the Cuban Missile Crisis were the ideas/thoughts that occurred without going into action like when the United States said they would have peace talks with the Soviet Union but instead waited until the Soviets offered them a plan. Practices in the Cuban Missile Crisis were that ideas that went into action like their plan to quarantine Cuba from the Soviet Union. During this crisis, it was clear that the United States had a lot more principles than practices. Cuba was recovering from the Bay of Pigs invasion. They held off the American forces and were able to avoid the invasion.
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.
Was the Soviet Union prepared for all-out war? Was the Cuban missile move a large gamble that might have paid off if the United States was not willing to take action? This paper attempts to answer those questions and det... ... middle of paper ... ...en a Nuclear War?,” History News Network, http://hnn.us/article/149233. Bibliography Brugioni, Dino. The Invasion of Cuba, quoted in Robert Crowley, The Cold War: A Military History (Random House Publishing Group, NY, 2006), 211, 227.
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.
Without the occurrence of the Cuban Missile Crisis we would may not be living in the world we are today. During the Cold War the Cuban Missile created a stalemate between the two major countries involved in the war, the Soviet Union and the United States. This event greatly known as a turning point in the it during the 1960's period of the infamous war, by being able to turn the tables and prevent a “hot” war to form out of one of the “coldest” wars in history. The Cuban Missile Crisis was an exceptionally significant event during the Cold War because of its ability to affect multitude of aspects between the two sides involved during the war. The Cuban Missile Crisis most definitively is known for how it halted nuclear attack on the brink of a hot war.
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 Cold War, which began after the end of World War II until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, was the long period of conflict between the West and the East. Tensions were already initiated at the Yalta Conference, where Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt disputed over the issues of dividing up Germany, ... ... middle of paper ... ...he removal of Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, from office. The Cuban Missile Crisis was not only the tensest confrontation between these two nations; it was also the most controversial. There have been many different theories as to why the Soviet Union set up nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba in the first place. One theory suggests that Stalin’s successor, Nikita Khrushchev, placed these weapons in Cuba because he felt endangered by the United States’ nuclear missiles in Turkey, which were a threat to the Soviet Union.
He can be planning and preparing an attack that nobody even know. Topic Sentence: The Cuban missile was a crazy time. It happened some fifty years ago when John F. Kennedy was president. It was when one of U.S. spy plane caught Soviet Union trying to sneak some nuclear missiles into Cuba that was ninety miles off the United States’ coast. 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.
Americans had kept the unwanted leader General Batista in power for too long. The main reason for the missile crisis happening was the fight between communism and capitalism. This was what had triggered everything else such as the nuclear arms race, Berlin Wall and U-2 crisis to happen each then contributing to the nuclear missile crisis. The Bay of Pigs although extremely important to the crisis was only the trigger cause which gave Russia reason to get involved in Cuba.