Cuban Missile Crisis

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Cuban Missile Crisis

This lecture covers the Cuban Missile crisis.

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Texas A&M University
Hist 106 - History Of The U S
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HIST 106 1st Edition Lecture 27 Outline of Last Lecture I. Election of 1960 II. Kennedy and the cold war III. The bay of pigs, April 1961 IV. Berlin wall, August 1961 Outline of Current Lecture I. Cuban Missile Crisis, October 1962 II. Kennedy at home III. LBJ comes to office IV. LBJ’s priorities V. Civil rights movement Current Lecture  Cuban Missile Crisis, October 1962 o Medium range ballistic missiles  Missile that will not go out of space and will have to be shot from nearby and does not have a huge range of motion (about 1000 miles)  Cuba will not get ICBMs because the main target was the US and Cuba and the US really were not that far  Kennedy gets info from the air force that there are some missiles being installed in Cuba  We send planes over Cuba to see what is going on and one of the planes get shot down o Naval quarantine  A blockade of another country is a declaration of war and Kennedy did not want to declare war on Cuba  Not much difference between blockade and quarantine besides the fact of the change of name to avoid a declaration of war  Troops were staged in Florida to invade Cuba and the head of the air force was pushing to bomb Cuba o Missiles in Turkey?  One of the things the Soviets were really concerned about was missiles in Turkey  The US agreed to remove the missiles from Turkey if the Soviets removed the missiles from Cuba and promised to never threaten to nuke the US  The US was planning to remove the missiles from Turkey even before the crisis because the missiles there were really outdated o The end result  Nikita Khrushchev will run out of power because of him backing down from the battle with the US and Kennedy will be put on top

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