Cuban Missile Crisis Speech

Monday, October 22, AD 2012

The world came very close to nuclear war half a century back.  The above video is of the speech that President Kennedy gave fifty years ago on October 22, 1962.  Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in placing nuclear missiles in Cuba brought the world to the brink.  The crisis was ultimately resolved by the removal of the Soviet missiles in exchange for two agreements between the US and the Soviet Union:  1.  No invasion of Cuba by the US;  and 2.  The removal of obsolete American Jupiter nuclear missiles from Turkey and Southern Italy.  Unsurprisingly the US kept secret the removal of the Jupiter missiles.  Surprisingly the Soviets also kept mum about the removal of the Jupiter missiles which led to the perception abroad and within the Soviet Union that Khrushchev had lost his confrontation with Kennedy, and paved the way for the Central Committee coup led by Leonid Brezhnev which toppled  Khrushchev from power in October 1964.   Here is the text of the speech:

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2 Responses to Cuban Missile Crisis Speech

  • Even though Khrushchev was a butcher in the Ukraine, he redeemed himself in the end, but not our friend Fidel – Cuban patriot – who right till the end was egging the Soviets on to fight a nuclear war in Cuba.

  • I will never forget that day. I remeber my mother coming to me in Miami all excited about what kennedy had said.
    My commnets were the following:
    MOTHER, THE ELECTIONS IN THE U.S. ARE HAPPENING NEXT MONTH AND HE HAS TO DO SOMETHING (OCTOBER SURPEISE) IN ORDER TO GAIN THE SENATE, THUS THIS IS HIS MOVE.

    Nothing happened all we know is that some cylinder like things covered bu canvas were removed because no inspection was made. POLITICAL MOVE ONLY