The American Empire in a Changing World


Sunday, October 14, 2012

''Caribbean missile crisis: 50 years on''

From The Voice of Russia

''Our veteran analyst Professor Valentin Zorin recalls June 1961, when he was on the media team of Nikita Khrushchev as the flamboyant Soviet leader was meeting with John Kennedy in Vienna:

"I remember him bursting into a hotel bar, his necktie almost on his shoulder, to share his first impression of the new American President. “Their President is immature as leader. I’ll turn him any way I need to”."

A year later, the Soviet Union deployed nuclear-capable bombers and 42 nuclear-tipped rockets in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. On October 27 1962, Cuban air defenses downed an American U-2 spy plane as it was taking photos of the Soviet missile positions. The pilot died. Naturally, Washington started fuming.''

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