President Kennedy's 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis

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13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis On October 16, 1962, President Kennedy was given his most difficult decision he would ever have in office. It started out as a routine spy plane patrol when photographs taken had revealed that soviet Russia were building missile bases on Cuba’s soil—about 90 miles from the island of Key West, Florida, faced with a problem John F. Kennedy would have to make a conclusion to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy was presented four possible responses by his top advisors in several secret meetings over the next thirteen days. The reactions were to: Engage in further negotiations with Khrushchev. The option, being very peaceful would have allowed the soviets to finish the missile bases, invade Cuba. This would eliminate…show more content…
Kennedy on the verge of accepting the terms received a second letter the next day stating the United States must remove its missiles from Turkey for the removal of all nuclear missiles in Cuba. Eventfully through private meeting, the agreement was met and so ending the crisis. Being left with limited choices, Kennedy did make the right choice; not letting the Soviets completely manipulating us but not also leading us in to a nuclear war. Although many disagreed with what he was grounded on he did eliminate the problem without many deaths and confrontations. His decision on quarantining Cuba without using the tactic of blockade was brilliant and wise, knowing that Soviets would take the simple “blockade” as an act of war. The only downfall of his decisions was the time limit and death of the American spy. Even through pressure President John F. Kennedy stepped up to the plate and played with the cards given to him, even when knowing that they weren’t the very best. Overall Kennedy did an excellent job on removing the nuclear weapons that once threatened American
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