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The Cuban Missle Crisis The world will never be the same since October of 1962 It is now known as the Cuban Missile Crisis The US learned that the Soviets were building nuclear missile bases on Cuba because the Soviets wanted to close the missile gap Even though the Soviet Union promised they would not attempt to place nuclear weapons in Cuba they put them there anyway in hopes that the US would not find out until it was too late to do anything about it The ploy almost worked The nuclear bases were very near completion when a US U-2 spy plane discovered the bases The world held its breath as these events unfolded before their eyes If any decision had have been different it might have led to WW III That is not a very comforting thought knowing that we were so close to a nuclear holocaust Many believe Kennedy made the right decision I stand with that group Others believe we should have conducted surgical strikes against the bases to show we would not tolerate a threat that close to our own shores Kennedy was probably cautious about strikes because of the Bay of Pigs invasion which had failed so miserably just a year before The Bay of Pigs invasion was an attempt by the US to remove Castro from office We armed and trained about 2000 Cuban exiles for this job The hope was that a general uprising would begin and Castro would be removed from office by his own people and not by any United States personnel What cost the success of the mission was that the US neglected to provide air cover for the troops Of the 2000 troops 300 were killed and the rest were taken prisoner Evidently Kennedy did not want another Bay of Pigs so he elected to try
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