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The Cuban Missile Crisis (Oct. 1962)

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The focus of the discussions with Kennedy and his advisors was for the launching of military actions. There were admitted risks related to Soviet military response including the escalation of the incident into a full-scale war. The advisors also admitted about the risks which would be involved in an attack launched against Cuba. With the different turn of events during that time, a missile crisis was averted. President Kennedy eventually opted for a naval blockade and any further moves to increase military weapons in Cuba from the USSR were prevented through the blockade2.

Thirty years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the world would find out how close these countries actually almost came into a nuclear war. At a conference in Havana, Cuba in 1992, some of the parties from the different countries who were privy to the incidents leading up to the crisis met with each other. The Soviet delegation leader General Anatoly Gribkov informed the US and the Cuban delegation that aside from the intermediate range missiles being prepared in Cuba, they also had different tactical missiles ready to defend Cuba in case the US would invade their borders3.

Gribkov also discussed that the Soviet party in Cuba had the power to launch such weapons even without approval from their Soviet leader4. Such knowledge further led to the realization that the situation during the Cuban missile crisis was an even more tenuous crisis, with the world very much at risk for an actual nuclear war. In the years since, the Foreign Relations of the United States was able to declassify the other documents pertinent to the Cuban Missile crisis and more details of the crisis became known to the world.

Some of these details are contrary to the reports and the information known by the public at that time. This paper shall compare some of the details declassified by the documents, and the implications of such information in relation to foreign relations during that time. Through the declassified documents and information from the Cuban Missile crisis, it has been possible for the world to interpret and re-assess their knowledge and their opinion about the events which took place before, during, and after the crisis.

Even with the different information about the crisis, the only information known to the public were the accounts as told by the memoirs of different Kennedy

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  • Subject: History
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