CubanMissilePaper - In October of 1962, the world stood...

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In October of 1962, the world stood still as two of the leading global powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, faced each other down in what has become known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. In this event, U.S. President John F. Kennedy learned that the Soviet government had placed medium and intermediate range missiles on the island of Cuba,\ and was now faced with the dilemma of deciding what the appropriate actions would be to dissolve the crisis and keep us out of war . Since then, Kennedy’s disseverment of the situation has been praised and criticized by many, including professors of history Mark J. White and Kennedy’s special assistant Theodore Sorenson. Each man has written extensively about the crisis, analyzing Kennedy's management of the crisis and presidential leadership. White’s arguments more effectively examine the Kennedy administration’s performance in the Cuban Missile Crisis as opposed to Sorenson’s less developed essay. White not only judges Kennedy’s performance during the two weeks in October of 1962, but he examines the greater context of the situation by l ooking at the events leading up to the crisis, as well as the Soviet Unions complex response . Though both men look at the crisis in the frame of the two weeks in October, White’s essay goes beyond that time to examine the steps, or missteps, Kennedy made in the months leading up to the crisis, giving us a greater context for the situation. First, White examines Kennedy’s actions in the years before 1962 when he was just campaigning to become president. White explains how, in order to increase his chances of winning the presidency, JFK took strides to point out the previous administration's failure to remove Fidel Castro from power in Cuba. Kennedy then made campaign promises to remove the Cuban leader if he became elected. White argues that these promises would influence Kennedy to authorize the failed Bay of Pigs operation, a CIA attempt in 1961 to overthrow Castro’s government by using a small army of Cuban exiles to lead what the U.S. government thought would be a Cuban revolution against Castro. The Bay of Pigs, White explains , would lead Khrushchev to believe that Kennedy would again try to overthrow Castro by using American force directly. Thus, Khrushchev placed the missiles in Cuba, which effectively started the crisis in October. Alongside these actions taken before the crisis erupted
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