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The Cuban Missile Crisis—Kennedy’s Second Backstab

None1257 Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 12:44 PM
How much danger were we really in, with these missiles in Cuba? What would have happened to Cuba, "if" theya actually attacked the United States with missiles carrying nuclear warheads?
same10 Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 11:39 AM
All the US and parts of Canada would have been wiped out except Seattle, Washington!!!
Leaving Cuba and Russia scott free.
My relatives there were threatened with crop burning if they didn't give them thousands in bribes.
The Cuban office staff were shot.
Joseph64 Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 7:24 PM
Are you REALLY that dumb that you need to ask that question? Cuba was a puppet of the Soviet Union. Having those missiles that close to the USA would have left no time to react to an attack and since it was Cuba that would be launching them, it would have been Cuba that suffered any counter attack that might have been launched leaving the Soviet Union unharmed. Khruschev was prepared to sacrifice Cuba to take out the US so the Soviet Union would survive unharmed.
Anominus Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 1:05 PM
Did you or did you not read the part of the article that says:

“If the missiles had remained, we would have fired them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.” (Che Guevara to Sam Russell of The London Daily Worker, November 1962.)

“Of course I knew the missiles were nuclear- armed,” responded Fidel Castro to Robert McNamara during a meeting in 1992. “That’s precisely why I urged Khrushchev to launch them. And of course Cuba would have been utterly destroyed in the exchange.”

If the missiles had been in the control of Castro or Guevara, chances are they would have used them and butchered millions in the process without any concern for Cuba.
Boilermaker Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 12:51 PM
On CBS "Sunday Morning" the did a piece on the crisis. One warhead was equal to 60 Hiroshima bombs. They had multiple warheads, so, I'd say the damage would have been calamitous
Harold15 Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 7:09 AM
I seem to remember that the range of the Cuban missiles wasn't very far. They could have reached Florida but that was it.

That Khrushchev swept the floor with Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis was a mainstream American view throughout much of the Cold War. Nixon and Goldwater, for instance, represented opposite poles of the Republican establishment of their time.

"We locked Castro's communism into Latin America and threw away the key to its removal," growled Barry Goldwater about the JFK’s Missile Crisis “solution.”

"Kennedy pulled defeat out of the jaws of victory,” complained Richard Nixon. "Then gave the Soviets squatters rights in our backyard."

Generals Curtis Le May and Maxwell Taylor represented opposite poles of the military establishment.