U.S. History Abraham Lincoln - Essay

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Soviet Union brought the missiles into Cuba to rile up the American military establishment precisely so that U.S. nuclear missile installations in Turkey and Italy could be brought on the table. Secondly as an ally, Soviet Union was concerned about the fate of Cuba which held a lot of promise for the Communist experiment internationally.

The American leadership understood that what they faced in Cuba was a catch 22 situation. If they failed to act, they would live under threat and shadow of nuclear war. If they carried out a full fledge invasion of Cuba, the Soviet Union would respond by taking over West Berlin thereby severely denting the credibility of the United States of America in the eyes of its European allies. Able master of political chess that Khrushchev was he played the inexperienced but charismatic President Kennedy like a fiddle. There were of course some in the military elite of the United States who believed a full fledge invasion of Cuba was the only answer. President Kennedy however was well aware of the check mate that had been dealt to him by his counterpart in Moscow. Ultimately the dismantling of the Jupiter project meant exactly that. The Soviet Union with skilled bargaining and political brinkmanship managed to extract from the United States a public promise not to invade Cuba as well as dismantling of the U.S. missile systems in key locations in Turkey and Italy. However it may be stated that there was never any real chance of a World War III.

As a History teacher my approach will be to explain to my students the key elements of rhetoric, propaganda and posturing involved in this critical and key phase of Kennedy presidency. I would drive home the burden that governance places on statesmen. That is the burden that a man like Kennedy had to endure. In the end by conceding some space to the Russians, Kennedy managed…

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