Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 3

President Kennedy summoned his most trusted advisors to evaluate America's options.  The men discussed several ideas, but no decision was reached.  Had a vote been taken at that time, Ted Sorensen recalls, the likely recommendation would have been an air strike.

Robert Kennedy, then serving as Attorney General, discouraged his brother from bombing Cuba.  He insisted such actions would be poorly received by the rest of the world.

Anatoly Dobrynin (then the Soviet ambassador to America) recalls the developing tensions, between America and the USSR, and relates how those issues were discussed with JFK.  Despite direct questioning, Soviet diplomats responded as they had been instructed:  To deny the installation of any offensive weapons on the island of Cuba.

"There were no good solutions.  Every solution was full of holes and risks." 

Finally, the President decided on a blockade - which he called a quarantine - to prevent more Soviet ships from arriving in Cuba.  In case that didn't work, his military strategists would plan air strikes and an invasion.

President Kennedy was traveling, in Chicago, to keep up appearances that all was well in Washington.  Then ... as the Cuban situation worsened ... he had to return.  He told his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, to tell reporters the President went home because he had a cold.

Secretary of State Dean Rusk summoned the Soviet ambassador and confronted him with the evidence of missile-building.  Later that night, the President announced what was happening during a "live" television broadcast.  He also said American ships would turn back Soviet ships if they tried to get through to Cuba.

With American ships encircling the Caribbean island, Soviet captains maintained their course.  A confrontation between two super-powers seemed unavoidable.

See, also:

Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 1

Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 2

Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 4

Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 5

Media Credits

From "Cold War," a 1998 TV series collaboratively created by the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, produced by Jeremy Isaacs.  The series originally aired on CNN (in America) and on BBC Two (in the U.K.).

This clip, about the Cuban Missile Crisis,  is from Episode 10, entitled "Cuba (1959–1962)."

Amazon.com describes "Cold War," as follows:

...This 8-volume, 24-episode series, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, is a comprehensive history that examines the key events of the arc of the Soviet Union, from its birth to its fall, and provides a thorough analysis of what was going on behind closed doors.

Informed by the stories of 500 eyewitnesses - from citizens and soldiers to historians and statesmen - and strengthened by painstaking reconstruction of archival historical film footage, CNN's Cold War is a heroic undertaking and a sweeping chronicle of the world's most fragile decades.


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