Essay about Cuban Missile

Submitted By kylepasinski
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The Cuban missile crisis and its aftermath was the most serious U.S.-Soviet crisis of the Cold War even though the crisis was very short, the crisis was so extreme it finally caught President Kennedy’s eye. The Cuban missile crisis was also the time were the world almost came to nuclear war. The United states armed forces were ready to attack whenever Cuba was going to attack, so Cuba had nuclear missiles aimed right at the Untied States if the United States armed forces invaded the island. However there were two brave men that saved the United States from going into a Nuclear war, President John F. Kennedy, and Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

In 1962, Soviet missiles were only powerful enough to be launched to Europe but the United States missiles could strike the whole Soviet Union. Later in April 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev thought of the idea of placing average-range missiles in Cuba. A deployment in Cuba would double the Soviet strategic arsenal and provide a real defense to a potential U.S. attack against the Soviet Union. While this was all going on Fidel Castro was studying a way to defend his island against a United States attack.

The United States war started on October 15, 1962 when investigated photos were revealed of missiles being constructed in Cuba. A couple days after President Kennedy was informed of the problem. Right away Kennedy organized twelve of his advisors to handle the crisis. Then on October 22, 1962 Kennedy announced the discovery of the missiles to the public, and told them he was going to block off the island. He also said any missile fired from Cuba would be an attack on the United States by the Soviet Union.

Then on October 23 Nikita Khrushchev starting sending letters to Kennedy and there was many letters sent. The letter described the nature of the missiles in Cuba and the peaceful intentions of the Soviet Union.