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Unformatted text preview: History Report #2 The Cuban Missile Crisis Jordan Stanton M/W/F 1-1:50 11/10/2007 The Cuban Missile Crisis Jordan Stanton The Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world has ever been to nuclear war. The United States was fully prepared for the battle and the Soviet Army was strategically set it in Cuba to retaliate against American action. Due to the bravery of President John F. Kennedy and Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev, war was bypassed, and the threat of world destruction was avoided. The beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis was credited to the intense tension that was left after the cold war in 1962. The conflict quickly turned into a growing threat once United States spy planes uncovered Soviets constructing military bases and receiving large amounts of nuclear shipments from the motherland into Cuba. The crisis was stemmed from the military conflict between John F. Kennedy and the United States and Nikita Khrushchev and the Soviet Union. The purpose for transporting nuclear weapons into Cuba was a necessity in Khrushchev’s eyes; the Soviet Union was very far behind the United States in the arms race. The weaponry the United States possessed allowed the U.S. to strike the Soviet Union from inside its own borders, and the nuclear weapons the Soviets possessed didn’t have that kind of power and they needed a location to move into striking distance. Since the U.S. enacted trade embargos on Cuba, attempted to assassinate Fidel Castro and because of invasion of the Bay of Pigs the Cubans felt threatened and allowed the Soviets to enter their land....
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course CS 150 taught by Professor Dormady during the Fall '07 term at Jacksonville University.
- Fall '07