Essay on Cuban Missle Crisis

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Cuban Missle Crisis




Thomas Jefferson's Response to the Cuban Missile Crisis



In the year 1801 Thomas Jefferson reluctantly sent the infant navy to the shores of
Tripoli in hopes of avoiding an attack on America by the Pasha of Tripoli. Many years
later, October of 1962, America once again teetered on the brink of war, but this time
with John F. Kennedy by their side, and the threat was nuclear war. Two situations very
different, but also similar; two outstanding presidents who did what they thought was
right in the time of crisis. Perhaps had Thomas Jefferson been in charge in the year
1962 the outcome may have been different, or would it have? John F. Kennedy responded
to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 by playing a game of "nuclear chicken", had Thomas
Jefferson been in charge he would have tried to negotiate with Khrushchev , then
threatened war; Jefferson would not have threatened the entire globe with atomization by
playing "nuclear chicken".

In October of 1962 American spy planes discovered that the Soviets were secretly
installing nuclear armed missiles ninety-miles off the Florida coast, in Cuba. Secret
meetings were held by John F. Kennedy to decide what to do. Kennedy flatly refused the
air-force proposals for bombing strikes on the missile launching sites, but he did decide
to set up a navel blockade around Cuba to prevent the ingress of more missiles. It was
announced by Kennedy that any attack on the United States from Cuba would be accepted as
an attack from the Soviet Union which would trigger nuclear retaliation against Russia's
heartland. Khrushchev, the Soviet in charge of the mission, also announced that
seizing or sinking a Russian ship on the high seas would be regarded as an act of war by
the Kremlin. For six long days Americans stood breathlessly still on the brink of global
atomization. On October 28, Khrushchev finally submitted to a partially face saving
compromise; he would pull the missiles out of Cuba, but in return the United States
agreed to end the navel blockade and not invade the island of Cuba.

In a similar situation, only many years before hand, Thomas Jefferson was confronted with
an attack on America; but this time it was from the Pasha of Tripoli. In 1798 was the
French Crisis when Americans were screaming "Millions for defense, but not one penny for
tribute!", twenty-six barrels of blackmail dollars were being shipped to piratical
Algiers. At this time war began to seem cheaper than peace. But then the show down came
in1801 when the Pasha of Tripoli became dissatisfied with the amount of protection money
he was receiving from the United States, and informally declared war on the U.S.
Jefferson was suddenly faced with a challenge that he as a pacifist and noninterventionist
had to face up to and intervene. Reluctantly he sent forth the infant navy to the shores
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