On October 16, 1962, the US received photos of Cuba taken from planes that showed soviets working with nuclear missiles in Cuba. Those photographs were the proof that the soviets, more specifically Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviets premier minister who had promised many time that they would stop sending arms, had been lying and betrayed the trust between the US and USSR. From this point, the US qualified this as a serious issue and John Kennedy set up a private brain trust called the executive committee of the national security council. Their role was to help Kennedy on the decision taking of the Cuban Missile Crisis. ‘‘Thus, placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba beginning in the spring of 1962 not only challenged the perception of Soviet missile inferiority but also provided the Soviets with a counterbalance to U.S. missiles situated in Western Europe.’’ ("Cuban missile crisis."
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a defining moment in human history. It pitted two strong and very idealistic civilizations against one another in a situation where the outcome could have lasting and devastating effects on the entire world. The almost unthinkable consequences of a direct military confrontation between the two great nuclear states of the world were to be avoided. The decisions made by President John F. Kennedy during this crisis would define him, his administration, and his country. The President had no closer ally and no more trusted confidant than his brother, U. S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
The first time he entered the public eye after attacking the Moncada Barracks in Santiago, Cuba in July 1953. It was a failed attempt to start a strategic takeover of the Dictator-President Fulgencio Batista. Fidel Castro, his brother Raul, and other rebels who were caught were brought to trial which was made very public. In this trial Fidel Castro gave his famous “History Will Absolve Me” speech that laid out the evils of the Batista regime and the oppression of the Cuban people. It was the beginning of his campaign to get support for armed revolution from the Cuban people.
In 1912 the US forces return to Cuba to put down black protests against discrimination. 1934: The US abandons its right to intervene in Cuba's internal affairs, revises Cuba's sugar quota and changes tariffs to favour Cuba. 1958: The US withdraws military aid to Batista. Over all, these events all have lead to the build up of tension between Cuba and the USA which eventually lead to the Missile crisis. Why did Castro come to power in Cuba?
Later that night Kennedy got on television to tell the U.S that the Soviet Union had secret installed nuclear missiles in Cuba that were aimed at American cities. Kennedy didn’t know how to get the missiles removed without starting a nuclear was with the Soviets. If this were to happen tens of millions on both sides would be killed. Communism was a threat and it was coming to America in 1959 when Castro staged a revolution in Cuba and became allies with the Soviet Union. Khrushchev thought that by moving nuclear missiles to Cuba, he would not only help close the missile gay with the U.S but that it would also prevent another American invasion of Cuba.
In this essay it will be argued that indeed the Cuban Missile Crisis was the point of highest tension during the Cold War and also that Kennedy benefited the most from the outcome as opposed to Khrushchev who was the leader of the USSR. Firstly the Cuban Missile Crisis began on the 16th October 1962 when an American U2 spy plane photographed Soviet missiles sites in Cuba. The fact that the USSR had responded to appeals for help from Cuba following the Bay of Pigs invasion was a large problem for the USA and straight away increased the tensions of the Cold War. It was an issue because Cuba was lead by Castro, a communist who had already overthrown the pro- American government in 1961 and so he was motivated to possibly harm the United States of America and working with Khrushchev gave him the means to do so. Furthermore Cuba was only 90 miles off the coast of America, which meant these missiles, particularly the long-ranged weapons could reach major American cities.
“Thirteen Days” is a suspenseful movie that shows how close the United States came to getting involved in a World War III in October 1962, when President John F. Kennedy discovered that the Soviet Union had set up nuclear missiles in Cuba. These missiles can kill over 80 million Americans. The key players were Kruchar, representing The Soviet Union and Fidel Castro, representing Cuba against President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The Cuban Missile Crisis all started when the U.S found out about the missiles in Cuba. When the United States planted nuclear missiles in Turkey and were ready to launch.
On The Brink: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Missiles of October The Cold War that engulfed the United States and Russia in the years after World War II endured a number of instances that had the potential to ignite into a violent conflict. In the autumn of 1962 a situation arose involving the Caribbean island of Cuba that had the potential to quickly escalate into the use of nuclear weapons. Over a period of thirteen days President John Fitzgerald Kennedy navigated the treacherous diplomatic waters of both the Russian Politburo, led by the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and his own political adversaries at home in order to contain the situation. What came to be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis is a topic that has been explored in over two-hundred books, articles, and films. It is one of the most widely discussed issues of the 20th century, and has been analyzed from many different angles and many different perspectives.
• Third paragraph: Summarizes and concludes the essay. Restate the thesis statement. To receive full credit, submit your essay to your teacher by the due date. Answer: 1 - President John F. Kennedy should not be awarded a peace prize for his role in the Cuban Missile Crisis 2 We seem to only focus on the things that Russia did, but in reality we should look at the big picture. Like why would they place missiles in Cuba?