On this day in 1962, Cuban Missile Crisis begins

The Cuban Missile Crisis begins on October 14, 1962, bringing the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis begins on October 14, 1962, bringing the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict.

Photographs taken by a high-altitude U-2 spy plane offered incontrovertible evidence that Soviet-made medium-range missiles in Cuba—capable of carrying nuclear warheads—were now stationed 90 miles off the American coastline.

Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union over Cuba had been steadily increasing since the failed April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, in which Cuban refugees, armed and trained by the United States, landed in Cuba and attempted to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.

Though the invasion did not succeed, Castro was convinced that the United States would try again, and set out to get more military assistance from the Soviet Union. During the next year, the number of Soviet advisors in Cuba rose to more than 20,000.

Rumors began that Russia was also moving missiles and strategic bombers onto the island. Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev may have decided to so dramatically up the stakes in the Cold War for several reasons.

He may have believed that the United States was indeed going to invade Cuba and provided the weapons as a deterrent.

Facing criticism at home from more hard-line members of the Soviet communist hierarchy, he may have thought a tough stand might win him support. Khrushchev also had always resented that U.S. nuclear missiles were stationed near the Soviet Union (in Turkey, for example), and putting missiles in Cuba might have been his way of redressing the imbalance.

Two days after the pictures were taken, after being developed and analyzed by intelligence officers, they were presented to President Kennedy.

During the next two weeks, the United States and the Soviet Union would come as close to nuclear war as they ever had, and a fearful world awaited the outcome.

SOURCEHistory.com

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Just another chapter in the BIG Lie! The Military Industrial Complex was the huge winner in this “crisis” followed up by the mega billion dollar Viet Nam war. Deception is the UK ( with help from the US thugs ) method to world dominance. Now the same mob is using Ukraine as a battering ram the same way they used Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, et all. The names might change but the game goes on. Be ready for the UK/US sponsored nuclear fireworks coming to neighborhood near you!

  2. The Cold War is a bluff, a fraud!
    It was a Jewish production. There was no confrontation. After the assassination of Stalin and Beria, the United States and Britain installed their Khrushchev. Now Khrushchev and Andropov’s children live in the USA. There was no threat to the United States. The U-2 plane in Cuba removed the positions of Soviet missiles. The rocket men immediately showed what, who is organizing it and who to bomb. This is the message the US army saw from the Russian army. Everyone calmed down and the war did not happen. It’s the same now. This is a Jewish provocation by Rothschild and Rockefeller. Фото позиций русских ракет https://i.mycdn.me/i?r=AyH4iRPQ2q0otWIFepML2LxRFFzXic06GmcPM4YU9_722w

    • Hi Anton
      Interesting, never thought of it like that. Maybe you are right about it all.

      Stalin was assasinated? And Kruschev installed?
      Who installed Kruschev?
      The USA? Israel? Rothschilds/Rockefellers? All three?

      Russia and USA were allies in WW2 why could they not be after?
      Maybe they were all the time, is that what you are saying? Not sure.

      Maybe true evil runs the world, they NEED Genocide where millions die like in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan since evil (satan?)
      “gets off’ on the violent death. I dont know.
      Hard to believe its all just been a hoax, and still is – but Ukraine sure seems seen from the western side of it to be a “media stunt” at sacrifice of eventually another miilion souls when its all over, maybe billions this time.