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He wants to resolve the situation as soon as possible and wants to start formulating a plan as soon as he can. This is why he calls his adviser so early. Use the sources, and your own knowledge to explain why Kennedy decided to blockade Cuba. Source B is a map showing the area of the crisis, the range of the missiles, the position of the blockade, and other details.
It highlights a reason why Kennedy blockaded Cuba; the Soviets could hit most major American cities. The USA could have been destroyed in minutes. The Americans panicked; they wanted the missiles removed. Although the Americans did not like the constant Cuban missile crisis paper of nuclear attack, they had no qualms with doing the same to the Russians, who had to face American missiles over the border in Turkey for much longer.
It explains more reasons for the blockade, including valuable insights as to what went on behind the scenes, because Robert Kennedy was the Presidents adviser as well as his brother.
Troops were moved into Florida. He knew something must be done to remove the nuclear threat to the USA, but there are both national and personal reasons for what he did. The nation was worried about the missiles on Cuba and Kennedy did not want to appear weak in the public eye. He needed to make a stand, as he had only been in office 18 months, and had suffered humiliation and embarrassment over the Bay of Pigs fiasco.
There were other problems during his early presidency, including the completion of the Berlin Wall, the Russian achievements in the space race and the shooting down over Cuba by Soviet missiles of an American U-2 spy plane.
He was also concerned about US economic interests in the area, such as the Panama Canal, a vital link to the Pacific and infuriated that America had lost many different sources of income in Cuba.
The sources are from different sides in the crisis; they will therefore give out a different perspective. The first is a broadcast made by President Kennedy to his nation on 22 October Kennedy puts the ball in the Russian court regarding attacks, and puts the onus on Khrushchev to stop the situation.
He also appears to blame Khrushchev, because if Khrushchev could halt the problem, it must be within his side. He is trying to justify an attack on the USSR, should that happen, as he is putting to the American public a biased speech making out the Soviets as the aggressors.
In doing so he has become a hypocrite- the Americans had missiles in Turkey bordering with the USSRItaly and Great Britain aimed at Russian cities, which were set up before the Cuban missiles and remained for longer afterwards.
I think this source is mostly unreliable and irrelevant to the question, it is a one sided view, and only gives information about goings on when the crisis was underway, giving no reasons for events but it does show the nature of the crisis, and highlights how serious it was.
It does however explain some reasons for the crisis, primarily Cuban nuclear capability, and this is the general reason behind the crisis, so it does have some value. The second source is from the memoirs of Gromyko, the Soviet foreign minister at the time of the crisis.
This was published in This is significant, as it is after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian President Gorbachev followed a policy of Glasnost openness so therefore Gromyko could speak the truth without state intervention. He would not gain anything from lying about the affair, so it is likely that his evidence is correct.
This source is fairly useful as it shows the political conflict of the two superpowers over Cuba. It gives as an insight into the American stance, a petty, controlling view. President Kennedy wants to be in control of Cuba.
The Soviet perspective on the crisis is simply that Cuba should be free to govern itself, without US intervention. The source shows why there was conflict as the Cubans wanted to be free from the US, the Soviets supported this, and the US wanted to control Cuba.
Source E is more useful than D in helping my understanding of why there was superpower conflict over Cuba.Cuban Missile Crisis Research Papers Cuban Missile Crisis Research Papers discuss the threat of nuclear war from the Soviet Union in the 's.
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