The Cuban Missile crisis is a well-known event, which will forever be linked to American as well as World history. The decisions, which were made during this time, really helped the world to avoid a serious disaster. It also clearly showed what could take place when nations have in their possession extremely destructive weapons. The major purpose of this discussion is to adequately explain how the crisis arose and how it was tackled.
As the United States Library of Congress in May of 1962 states, Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union, relished a thought of placing nuclear missiles in Cuba as a way of hedging the lead that America had been taking in the developing and also deploying of strategic missiles. Aside from that, Khrushchev also considered such placement as an effective way of protecting the nation of Cuba from another American-sponsored invasion, such as the recent Bay of Pigs, which took place in 1961.
The very reasons for Russia's decision to attempt to protect that island from another American invasion seemed to be rather a valid concern. At least, Garthoff tries to prove this (1989).
Soviet leaders were considering and also making crucial decisions regarding expanded military support for Cuba. Here we should mention the decision to deploy Soviet missiles. Later Soviet accounts charged that those military exercises were part of the preparation for further direct American military action against Cuba under an October 1961 directive from President Kennedy to the Joint Chiefs of Staff to work out plans for an invasion of Cuba. It appeared to be a distorted perception. It’s because the plans were just contingency plans, and not plans adopted in pursuance of a decision to invade. However, they seemed to Cuban as well as Soviet intelligence analysts and their leaders to reflect a firm intention or even an active hostility with probable intent.
Besides this, to the aforementioned contingency plans the Kennedy administration also made use of sabotage as well as diversionary units of Cuban emigrant on raids into the nation of Cuba. The given covert action plan was dubbed "Operation Mongoose". There was even a plot to murder the Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Furthermore, a declassified Mongoose planning document dated February 20, 1962, revealed an agenda as well as timetable culminating in a wide popular revolt in Cuba, a development that in turn was supposed both to require and certainly to justify US military intervention, in October 1962.
The Cuban Missile crisis is a well-known event, which will forever be linked to American as well as World history. The decisions, which were made during this time, really helped the world to avoid a serious disaster. It also clearly showed what could take place when nations have in their possession extremely destructive weapons.