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The documentary that I viewed entitled The Cuban Missile Crisis brought about one of the most threatening times in United States History Produced by Films For The Humanities Inc the film shows how the USSR placed missiles on Cuban Soil solely it seems for the benefit of themselves Why missiles ended up on the small island of Cuba is far from a mystery people know the truth and what it cost Cuba as a Nation The story of the Cuban Missile Crisis is heard around the world in perhaps many different versions with many different endings and opinions The effects of the Cuban Missile Crisis still continues to linger in our country today with consequences of a poor decision making still being felt by Cuba The film shows the vast United States Military response to the news of live Russian missile silos and manufacturing plants in Cuba After obtaining Fidel Castros approval the Soviet Union worked quickly and secretly to build missile installations in Cuba On October 16 1962 President John Kennedy was shown reconnaissance photographs of Soviet missile installations under construction in Cuba After seven days of guarded and intense debate in the United States administration during which Soviet diplomats denied that installations for offensive missiles were being built in Cuba President Kennedy in a televised address on October 22 announced the discovery of the installations and proclaimed that any nuclear missile attack from Cuba would be regarded as an attack by the Soviet Union and would be responded to accordingly He also imposed a naval quarantine on Cuba to prevent further Soviet shipments of offensive military weapons from arriving there Kennedy said that Any ship found to have any weapons would be turned back This later became a prohibition of trade with Cuba During the crisis the two sides exchanged many communications both formal and back channel Khrushchev tried to assure Kennedy that there was nothing but peaceful intentions but Kennedy didnt
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