The American Empire in a Changing World


Sunday, October 14, 2012

''How Cuba won the missile crisis''

From The Guardian

''The Cubans suffered the most. They were happy to host the Soviet missiles, but were alarmed by Khrushchev's insistence that they should be installed secretly. Indeed, they argued consistently with the Soviets that these new defence arrangements should be made public from the start.

Khrushchev thought differently. He wanted to surprise the Americans. He thought that once the missiles were installed the Americans would be confronted with a fait accompli. He imagined that he was saving Cuba from attack, which was, after all, the logic of the nuclear deterrent. He also despatched a vast conventional arsenal, creating the largest foreign military base ever seen in the history of the Caribbean.''

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