Castro urged the Soviets to make the missile placements public to help avoid an invasion. Khrushchev, who had said “Don’t worry, I’ll grab Kennedy by the balls and make him negotiate,” to Castro’s brother in July of 1962, believed there would be no problems from the U. if the missile were discovered (Gott, 2004, p.By 1962, the tension between Cuba and the U. was at its height. Kennedy was perceived by Khrushchev as immature and even incompetent following the June 1961 summit in Vienna. These perceptions were only bolstered by the botched Bay of Pigs invasion. Furthermore, the U. had taken no action while the Soviets were slowly constructing the Berlin Wall. Khrushchev and, therefore, Castro perceived that they had an upper hand in negations with Kennedy and fully expected him to back down in the face of threats made. In July 1962, Castro boldly announced that Cuba would proceed with all necessary measures to protect his country and had the backing of the U. Castro, in his mid-30’s, was apprehensive of the American military power, but the new President of Cuba was energetically engaged in building an idealistic government he thought would be a model for the world to follow. . The Cuban Missile Crisis: Conflict between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
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