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John Szmyd JFK Saved the Day President John F. Kennedy was faced with tough decisions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Many of his advisors advocated a military assault on Cuba. With the power of hindsight, we now know that any type of invasion would have led to Cubans retaliating with ready short range nuclear weapons. The theory of brinksmanship and MAD (mutually assured destruction) did not seem to discourage or dissuade the Cubans, particularly Castro. JFK’s decision to merely blockade Cuba and seek diplomatic solutions with the USSR proved successful and minimized risk of danger, thus it was the best choice of action. Something had to be done in this situation, but there was, “no obvious or simple solution,” (35). Throughout the Cold War, there was little risk of unprovoked nuclear attack by the USSR. Fidel Castro, however, did not hold such reservations. The fact that Castro was secretly obtaining nuclear arms was a clear and present danger to democracy.
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