Thirteen Days Research Paper

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Thirteen Days The whole World was in a state of unrest for thirteen days. Everyone especially in the United States was afraid of what could become one of the worst and bloodiest Wars people had ever seen. The worst part was it could all erupt with the click of a button and nuclear bombs would hit the United States in no time. This all happened in the midst of the cold war. The cold war which was continuing state of political and military tension between the powers of the Western world, led by the United States and its NATO allies, and the communist world, led by the Soviet Union, its satellite states and allies. So Cuba had a dictator and the United States wanted to overthrow that regime from Cuba but there were too much unsuccessful…show more content…
Kennedy and Robert McNamara. President Kenendy was important because he was reluctant to attack even though his team and other people urged him so. He knew what could happen and he did a great job at maintaining composure in the brink of a horrible war. To help him decide what to do about the Cuban situation, and how much risk to run of a nuclear exchange, Kennedy assembled a small group that came to be called the Executive Committee of the National Security Council - or ExComm for short. He made the people of his country be calm when he announced the war because of the way he did it and he was key to all the decisions as being commander and chief. Another key person for the world was Robert McNamara. McNamara was one of the most important players in the Cuban Missile Crisis. As a member of the Executive Committee, he was initially a forceful proponent of an air attack on Cuba, but then along with Robert Kennedy and Theodore Sorenson, he quickly changed his mind to support a blockade. Kennedy, Sorenson, and McNamara were some of the President's most trusted advisors, so when they backed a quarantine, the President considered it a viable option. On October 18, McNamara pointed out that an air strike could never be "surgical," as Secretary Rusk liked to call it, and that, "once you've started a shooting war, there's little you can do to stop it. McNamara's most
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