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Monday October 24, 2011 The Militarization of Containment and the Cold War Arms Race Cold War - Ideological Conflict - Us vs. Them bi-polar lens. - Nuclear Arms Race The Cold War Nuclear Arms Race: Did Nuclear Superiority Matter? Massive Scale - Peak in 1966 nuclear arsenal including more than 32,000 nuclear weapons or warheads. - Shift away from Mutually Assured Destruction. - Apex of Tension: Cuban missile crisis. - Continued nuclear buildup. - ABC (anti-communism and containment) - Vietnam. “The fact that we were able to talk, debate, argue, disagree, and then debate some more was essential in choosing our ultimate course.” = Robert Kennedy EXCOMM Options - Do nothing. - Use diplomatic pressure to get the USSR to remove the missiles. - Launch an air attack on the missiles.
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Unformatted text preview: -Mount a full-scale military invasion. -Attempt a naval blockade of Cuba. I dont believe we have considered the consequencesI dont know quite what kind of a world we live in after weve struck Cuba, and we, weve started itHow, how do we stop at that point? SecDef Robert McNamara. Despite the administrations management efforts, the crisis came close to spinning out of control before it ended. White House advisor Theodore Sorenson. JFK Announcement -Placed a blockage on Cuba. -Warned Soviets of attack if missile fired. -Brink of nuclear war. Back from the Brink -Soviel missiles removed from Cuba. -US promises not to invade Cuba. -Secret agreement for the US to remove missiles from Italy and Turkey....
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