The Cuban missile crisis was resolved when the United States promised never to invade Cuba and to dismantle its Jupiter missiles in Italy and Turkey in exchange for the removal of the Soviet missiles in Cuba. The latter half of the agreement was secret at the time and was only revealed years after the crisis ended. The resolution occurred mere days before military action would have escalated the crisis.Continue Reading
Early in the crisis, President Kennedy's advisers pressed for air strikes to take out the missiles in Cuba. Kennedy was reluctant, however, due to the potential for escalating the conflict and inviting reprisals from Germany. After diplomatic efforts showed little success, the United States instituted a blockade, preventing any ships carrying weapons from reaching Cuban shores. Ultimately, both countries returned to the negotiations through back-channel communications, resolving the crisis peacefully.
The blockade in the Atlantic proved to be the most dangerous moment in the crisis. Upon discovering a Soviet submarine attempting to escort a ship through the line, the U.S. Navy launched warning-depth charges at the vessel in an attempt to get it to surface or turn back. The captain of the submarine, however, had a nuclear-tipped torpedo and permission to fire it if he was fired upon. When the depth charges began to explode, the officers had a heated argument whether or not to fire back. Ultimately, they could not agree to fire the torpedo, and their disagreement potentially averted a global nuclear war.Learn more about Cold War
The Bay of Pigs invasion embarrassed the United States, drove a wedge between President Kennedy and his intelligence services and strengthened the relationship between the Soviet Union and Cuba. In the aftermath, the United States switched to more covert methods of trying to depose Fidel Castro, while the Soviets began sending supplies and weapons to Cuba to forestall another invasion. This ultimately led to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.Full Answer >
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13-day stalemate between the United States and the Soviet Union due to the building of nuclear arms in Cuba by the Soviet Union. The crisis occurred in October of 1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a part of the Cold War.Full Answer >
Government missile silos that formerly housed now-decommissioned Atlas and Titan missiles are available for sale. As of 2015, missile silos are available for sale in the states of Kansas, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and Colorado, according to Hardened Structures.Full Answer >
John Fitzgerald Kennedy changed the world when he became the 35th President of the United States, and is most remembered for his significant foreign policy contributions such as creating the Peace Corps and successfully leading the United States through the Cuban missile crisis in addition to passing the civil rights bill. Kennedy did, much to his dismay, have to make the decision to escalate the United States conflict with Vietnam because he did not want communism to spread throughout the world.Full Answer >