The Cuban Missile Crisis

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You can learn a lot from this source about President Kennedy's reaction to the photographs taken by the U-2 spy plane. We can infer from the source that he saw the missiles were a very bid threat to the country as he said to Robert Kennedy that they were facing great trouble. We can also infer that he was very worried and concerned about this as the meeting with Robert Kennedy was at 9 O'clock in the morning so it was the first thing on his agenda.

Also from this source it suggests that he jumped straight to the conclusion that it was the Soviets that were placing the missiles on Cuba. As he called Robert Kennedy and told him that it was the Soviets. This reaction shows the tension between the two superpowers of the USA and the USSR... View More »

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Source B shows that there were a number of lines of action that the US government could of taken to try and resolve the crisis. They could of done nothing, and immediate air strike to destroy the nuclear bases, an all out invasion of Cuba, get the United Nations involved to intervene and negotiate or blockade Cuba. All these options had a major element of risk and they would either risk retaliation from the Soviets that would lead to war, or portray the US as weak. Except blockading Cuba, this would not solve the main problem of the missiles already on Cuba, but it would stop all other supplies coming into Cuba, and being an island it had very few other ways of obtaining supplies.

A blockade could also have been the chosen action to take, as it
needed the least preparation time when an action had to be taken to
show the Soviets that the Americans weren't going to let them do what
they want. An air attack would need many planes readied and armed, an
invasion would need a lot of planning if it were to be carried out by
air and sea, to involve the United Nations would need much
organisation and communication which would take up a lot of time as
long distance phone calls weren't available at that time, but a
blockade would need very little planning and have the least risk
factors of all the options available. It could also of been chosen to
show that the USA were serious, it was not a direct act of war so
there was less chance of the Soviets taking serious action and
retaliating. It would of also put the burden on Khrushchev to act
next. And ...

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