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The Cuban Missile Crisis

This Is probably the closest mankind has ever gotten to extinction. This was a time when tensions were at it's highest. For the first time in the history of the world, man could've made the earth look like an apple eaten down to the core. Of course I am talking about the one and only Cuban Missile Crisis.

The U.S. was kicking the Soviet Union's butt in the arms race. The Soviet Union's missiles were only powerful enough to be launched against Europe but the U.S. missiles were capable of taking out the whole Soviet Union. Then in 1962, Nikita Khrushchev came up with a dumb idea to put missiles in Cuba, which would decrease the chances of having a potential U.S. strike against the Soviet Union.

Fidel Castro was looking for a way to defend Cuba, which explains why he let Soviet missiles in. Castro felt that after the failure of the Bay of Pigs, a second attack was inevitable.

The real crisis for the U.S. didn't occur until October 15, 1962 when reconnaissance photographs showed that Soviet missiles were under construction in Cuba. After a week of intense debate, Kennedy decided to impose a naval quarantine around Cuba. This ensured that no more Soviet missiles would enter Cuba. Kennedy told the public about the situation and his decision to quarantine Cuba on October 22. He also said that any nuclear missile launched from Cuba would be regarded as an attack on the United States by the Soviet Union and demanded that the Soviets remove all of their offensive weapons from Cuba.

Then on the 26th, Khrushchev wrote a letter to the U.S. proposing that he would remove all ...

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