While the argument went on about the possible sanction the missiles were already in Cuba and they realized that a blockade would not solve the problem. Moreover, if U.S demanded the removal of missile from Cuba the soviets would demand the removal of missile around Europe near the Soviet Union. This was a time when Kennedy really showed what he was made of and never wanted to take rash decision that may have tempered the world into nuclear devastation. Meanwhile the missiles were directed at certain American cities and if fired, it would kill almost eighty million Americans. However, Kennedy was skeptical on possible alternatives because he feared that Soviets would do harm on West Berlin and this made Kennedy think twice.
The Cuban Missile Crisis not only worried the U.S. but also worried the rest of the world as to how it would turn out. The Soviet's backed Cuba as an ally and fed them missiles and the supplies to build the missile silos in Cuba. The Soviet's said they did this as a counter measure incase we did in fact invade Cuba. Between these two major conflicts of the time, it can be said that the two countries were not battling over Cuba in itself, but more or less battling over the belief of Communism.
None of us knew. We could only speculate about what Khrushchev was up to” (The Cuban Missile Crisis…). The US were clueless about what Cuba and Russia were going to do with those missiles and their main objective was to get them out. People in the White House agreed that the nuclear weapons in Cuba would be a huge threat to the security of the U.S and American territory would be quite vulnerable to nuclear missiles (The Cuban Missile Crisis…). At first, President Kennedy decided to keep this knowledge of the missiles secret from the public whi... ... middle of paper ... ...o the U.S, maybe they would have found some way to figure it out because Russia ended up having to take their bombs away anyways so maybe it was worth a try asking the U.S and they could have came to and agreement.
1. Cuban Missile Crisis A. Khrushchev, and the Russian military, placed nuclear offensive missiles into Cuba. A U-2 plane taking pictures over Cuba spotted the missile camps in Cuba, and brought it to the attention of the President. After a meeting with Russian officials, the Russian’s assured that the missiles were for defensive purposes only. The U.S. officials knew that the missiles were nuclear and for offensive purposes.
Even if the Bay of Pigs was a disaster because Kennedy didn’t account for the possibility of failure, the aftermaths heavily influenced his administration to utilize military combat as a last resort in... ... middle of paper ... ...e learned from the Bay of Pigs disaster. Unfortunately, Kennedy was pressured by top CIA officials into approving of a plan that was doomed to fail from the start. And to make matters worse, Kennedy’s lack of planning for the possibility of failure further doomed the exiles when he didn’t provide any backup aid. After losing foreign credibility among Latin America, the Kennedy Administration continued secret operations in hopes of justifying itself. So when Soviet missiles were discovered on October 16, Kennedy was by far more experienced then he had been a year ago.
The quarantining of Cuba helped America make a strong statement with weak words because it kept Soviets away from Cuba without using the harsh war term, blockade. The administration under Kennedy did not want to have to put themsel... ... middle of paper ... ...s with the Soviet Union over The Missile Crisis and The Cold War. Works Cited "Cuban Missile Crisis: Did the Kennedy Administration Handle the Cuban Missile Crisis Effectively?" History in Dispute. Ed.
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.
The US and Russia decided to install a crisis line between both countries to avoid such a problem. If both parties hadn’t been so patient in the delay of communication when the soviets shot down the U-2. The US could have launched a strike against Cuba.
It was certain though; by placing missiles on Cuba that Khrushchev would have the upper hand in negotiations relating to the cold war. Also Khrushchev claimed that ‘the missiles were placed merely to deter the Americans from invading Cuba’. (Timewatch Missile - Crisis) Khrushchev’s decision to put Soviet missiles in Cuba was very important and crucial to America. Cuba was only 90 miles away from the USA, and the Americans did not like the idea of a pro communist state in its ‘sphere of influence’ (Gcse modern world history). More than military advantage for the Soviets who had missiles elsewhere which could... ... middle of paper ... ...et, Jeremy.
When US stop buying Cuba's resources, the Soviet Union help them out by buying those resources. So the Cuban and Castro felt safer to be with the Soviet Union. But Soviet Union was doing for their favor; they just didn't want to help a country out. They did this for their own favor so Cuba can be a communist country who is ninety miles away from America. Soviet Union is in favor of this since by using Cuba they could blow the US and kill everyone.