The Cuban Crisis.

Essay by Dream82University, Bachelor'sA+, November 2003

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Sara Fletcher

Teacher: Mr. David

Class: American History

Title: The Cuban Crisis

The world never came closer to a nuclear war than it did 37 years ago on October 16, 1962. It was called "The Cuban Missile Crisis". America was holding their breath as the possibility of a nuclear grew greater and greater as the Soviet Union continued to supply Cuban with thermonuclear weapons. They say it started at mid - day, and again in the early evening of October 16, 1962. The president John F. Kennedy called together a group of his closest advisors at the White House. Late the night before, the CIA had produced detailed photo intelligence identifying Soviet Union was building secret nuclear missile installations under construction on the island of Cuban, a mere 90 miles off the shores of Florida; now the president and his men confronted the dangerous decision of how the United States should respond.

As the United States and the Soviet Union faced off over Cuba, where the Soviets had secretly installed nuclear weapons, President John F. Kennedy surreptitiously recorded his conversations in the Cabinet Room and the Oval Office with his closest White House advisers. A series of conflicts led up to the Cuban Missile Crisis, one f which was the invasion at Cuba's Bay f Pigs, on April 17, 1961. This invasion consisted of twelve hundred American trained Cuban exiles that planned to over - throw Fidel Castro though a violent uprising. The invasion was too strong for Castro's air force and his well-trained troops. Kennedy stood behind his decision to keep hands off and the Cuban exiles surrendered. Kennedy assumed full responsibility for the failure. In October of 19 62, American spy plans brought back pictures forty nuclear missiles being installed in Cuba by the Soviets. These missiles had...