Cuban Missile Crisis

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On October 22, 1962 President John F Kennedy informed the world that the Soviet Union was building a secret missile bases in Cuba, 90 miles off of the Florida shore.  Instead of invading Cuba and air strikes against the missiles, Kennedy decided on a less dangerous response. Kennedy had also demanded that Russian Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev shall remove all the missile bases and their deadly contents, Kennedy order a naval quarantine of Cuba to prevent Russian ships from bringing additional missiles and construction materials to the island. In response to the American naval quarantine, Premier Khrushchev authorized his Soviet field commanders in Cuba to launch their nuclear weapons if invaded by the U.S. forces. On October 28, Russian Premier Khrushchev conceded to Kennedy’s demands by ordering all Soviet supply ships away from Cuban waters and agreeing to remove the missiles from Cuba’s mainland.

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I personally think that the Cuban Missile Crisis was just dumb all they really did was just threaten each other, and with just one button both our world could have been destroyed because USSR just wanted to show that they are very powerful.

What was the reason for Soviet Union to send weapons to Cuba ?

To boost the Soviet Union’s power, threatening the U.S. with nuclear attack from the Caribbean.

Why did Soviet Union withdraw the missiles?

Khrushchev knew that war over Cuba could quickly escalate into a nuclear war that would destroy both superpowers.

What was the cause of the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Tensions were high between the US and Cuba after the American “puppet leader”  Batista was overthrown by Castro in 1959.  Also  the USSR wanted to threaten the U.S. by building missiles bases on Cuba.

Hyde Park Protesters October 1962 during the C...

Hyde Park Protesters October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: John F. Kennedy meeting with Nikita K...

English: John F. Kennedy meeting with Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna. Русский: Встреча Джона Ф. Кеннеди с Никитой Сергеевичем Хрущёвым в Вене. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U.S. reconnaissance photograph of soviet missi...

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