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.
According to Lana Wylie the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics became close allies with the Cubans. Then once this occurred the United States Of America put up an embargo that still lasts to today from “Fact Sheet: Cuba”. Although we have seen many resent reform which help cut back on the human rights violations. Ranging from allowing the rich to buy and sell propriety to starting a business and finally and most recently releasing some of the low risk political prisoners according to (“Cuba Culture…”). Cuba has changed over the years, now people can travel within the country without a passport.
It didn't work as planned and looked terrible on President Kennedy part as president. This scared Castro so he asked Russia for weapons of defense against America. When Fidel Castro came into power he overthrew the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. This caused the United states distrust and fear of Cuba and the Soviets getting closer than normal. Before Kennedy's inauguration he was briefed on the plan by the CIA to train exiles for invasion of their homeland.
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Is the Cuban Embargo a cruel reminder of the Cold war, or is it an important factor of American Democracy fighting the spread of Communism? The Cuban Embargo was a declaration issued by American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The embargo was issued because of the threat that the Communist government of Cuba, led by Fidel Castro in 1959, had on American security, assets and democracy at the height of the Cold War. Some 1.8 billion worth of industrial assets were lost with Cuban communist nationalization. (Mr. D’Angelo personal interview) In support, constant influence of the Soviet Union during the early 1960s, particularly the time between 1961 and 1962, led to the creation of the embargo.
It also seemed as if the Russian's were constructing a large naval shipyard and a base for submarines. The two Kennedy's at first thought it was just a football field, but when U-2 planes got more detailed pictures the two were outraged! The photos indicated that the missiles were being directed at certain American cities. It was estimated that within five minutes of them being fired, eighty million Americans would be dead! RFK later finds out that Russia sent these weapons to Cuba because they thought the U.S. was interested in overthrowing the Cuban government.