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Unformatted text preview: hope was that this would boost their national economies. President Kennedy warned the Soviets that their secret construction, in Cuba, of missile sites and a nuclear base was unacceptable. When U.S. spy planes spied the sites, Kennedy had to decide how to defend America without starting a nuclear war. As the Soviets also feared a war, they accidentally shot down an American spy plane. Kennedy knew that, if the U.S. retaliated, massive destruction would follow, for the U.S. and for other nations. Instead of war, Kennedy offered the reluctanct Soviets a nuclear test ban treaty....
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- Spring '11