Cuban Missle Crisis

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Jose A Garza
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World Geography 1
6 January 2013 The Cuban Missile Crisis In October 1962, a spy plane deployed by America secretly photographed various nuclear missile sites being constructed by the Soviet Union on the island of Cuba. President Kennedy did not want the Soviet Union and Cuba to know that he had discovered the missiles, so he met secretly with his advisers for several days to discuss the new potential threat to his country. After many long and difficult meetings, President Kennedy decided to place a naval blockade surrounding the island of Cuba. The aim of this "quarantine," as he described his plan of action, was to prevent the Soviet Union from dispatching more military supplies, rendering the construction of the missile sites impossible. He demanded the removal of the missiles already there along with the complete destruction of any and all nuclear development sites on the island. On October 22 of the same year, President Kennedy spoke to the nation about the crisis in a televised address after deciding that the citizens of America had the right to know about the deadly affairs. Before the idea of the blockade was accepted, President Kennedy considered two remaining options. The first being an air strike primarily against the Cuban missile bases, and the second a naval blockade of Cuba, which came to be the plan of action accepted in the future. A full-scale invasion was not the administration's first option due to how it would badly damage America in a backlash effect. Robert McNamara supported the naval blockade as a strong but limited military action that left the US in control. However, the term "blockade" was problematic. According to international law a blockade is an act of war, but the Kennedy administration did not believe that the Soviet Union would be provoked to attack by a mere…...

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