The Cuban Missile Crisis

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Between the years of 1947 and 1991, the Cold War took place. The Cold War was an event that happened between the Soviet Union and the United States after World War II. In 1962, Cuba obtained nuclear launching pads in which they set up multiple missiles. This led to what is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. These missiles were so important to the United States because of how close they were to US territory. In 1962, the pilot of an American spy plane passed over Cuba and photographed a missile being installed. The pilot immediately told John F. Kennedy, the current United States President. Of course, President Kennedy was extremely upset by this and called together a group known as ExComm. ExComm stands for the Executive Committee. They are…show more content…
When the pilot of an American U2 spy plane was passing over Cuba, photographs were taken of an enormous missile being installed only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. President John F. Kennedy was taken aback by this and immediately wanted the missile removed. Of course, that process would not be easy at all. The confrontation that went on between the United States and Soviet Union was called the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Most Defining Event of the Cold War. This all began when Fidel Castro, a Cuban politician and the Prime Minister of Cuba, aligned himself with the Soviet Union. Cuba depended very much on the Soviet Union for military and economic aid. Obviously, the United States did not want a nuclear war to erupt out of this so JFK scheduled a meeting with ExComm. In these meetings were the president, vice president, Executive Committee, the Attorney General, and other governmental officials. After that came a thirteen day military standoff, in which the United States pondered over the solution that would resolve the confrontation. Bobby eventually ended up writing a book called Thirteen Days that is very popular, especially among schools. The plan that the United States proposed was to make a naval blockade around Cuba. The United States wanted to do something that would not begin a war between the two countries or upset the citizens.…show more content…
My thesis was correct because Bobby made a big impact in ending the Cuban Missile Crisis. If he did not suggest the idea of writing a letter to Nikita S Khrushchev, a nuclear war could have struck between Cuba and the United States. By writing the letter, Robert helped by preventing a war between the two countries, saving many people’s lives. He thought of a peaceful yet effective idea, which most people can not do. Once John was assassinated in 1963, Robert decided to campaign for the New York Senator in 1964. His campaign was extremely successful and he took office in January of 1965. Many people like Bobby as the senator and suggested he run for president. In March of 1968, Bobby started his campaign for US President after finishing as the Senate. His campaign turned out very successful and he was thought very likely to win the election. But on June 6, 1968, Robert was assassinated by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan shortly after winning the California presidential primary. He was shot multiple times by the assassin and died that day, upsetting his family, friends, and the United States. Bobby has continued to be appreciated for all that he did for the United States even though he has past away. Although Bobby is not alive anymore, we still remember him and all he did for America to this
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