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The Cold War produced many confrontations between the US and the Soviet Union Korea and Vietnam were confrontations between the superpowers in an indirect way because each was supporting a country Not until 1962 did they really come face to face with one another The 1962 Cuban Missile Crises although over Cuba pitted the US directly against Russia The decisions between October 14 and 17 1962 could easily have started WWIII or everyones fear at the time nuclear war But calmer heads prevailed while both powers were able to claim victory The road to this crises began back in the 1930s The US had economic and political interest in Cuba thus not allowing a government to take control that represented the Cuban people From Franklin D Roosevelt to Dwight D Eisenhower the US controlled Cuba in a round about way When the Cuban military dictatorship of Batista was filled with corruption and looked badly upon the US was associated with it When guerrilla warfare broke out in Cuba the US stopped supporting Batista Although the US did not openly support a rebellion by Fidel Castro the US newspapers were reporting Castros ideas and his democratic plans No one could have guessed what Castros real plans were once he was in office Once his military dictatorship was in power he looked not to the US for support but to the Soviet Union From 1959 to 1961 the Soviet Union sent military and economic aid to support Castros communist regime and in July 1960 threatened the US with a nuclear attack if it interfered with Cuba 1960 was a presidential year for the US so as you can imagine the Cuban issue was a major factor The Democratic nominee John F Kennedy attacked Eisenhower and the democrats by saying that his defense policy was to soft and that there would be a missile gap during the early 60s giving the Soviet Union an edge in the
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