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Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis??October 1962 saw the world on the brink of a Nuclear War which was thankfullyavoided. On...
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Who won the cuban missile crisis

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Who won the cuban missile crisis

  1. 1. Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis??October 1962 saw the world on the brink of a Nuclear War which was thankfullyavoided. One of the consequences of this was that neither side wished to get thatclose again, and it left Kennedy and America as the winners in the eyes of mostindependent spectatorsFirstly Russian Missiles were removed from Cuba. This had been the crux of thewhole incident. America felt vulnerable with The Soviets having missiles based on afriendly country that were in striking range of nearly all American cities. Thus ithelped America and its people feel safer. It appeared to the World that Khrushchevhad backed down and had conceded all the key points to KennedyAnother example of America victory was Kennedy’s ability to keep the agreementthat America would remove her missiles in Turkey. As a result it appeared to theworld that Kennedy had conceded nothing. In the absence of any actual fightingbetween America and the Soviet Union the ability to win prestige was doublyimportant.Although Kennedy came out of the Crisis America did loose in some respects. Thepolicy of containment had been shown not to be working. Cuba was communistcountry fully in support of Russia close to America. The American supported invasionwhich ended at the Bay of Pigs demonstrated America inability to limit the spread ofcommunism even on its own doorstep.America also did remove its nuclear missiles from Turkey. This Limited Americasinfluence in Europe, and although not public, left America unable to act as freely asshe had with an immediate Nuclear threat.In conclusion America and Kennedy came out the Crisis Better. The impression thatmany in and outside Russia gained that Khrushchev was a weak leader contributedto his down fall two years later. This was the height of the tensions betweenAmerica and the Soviets and the bettering of communications and the direct hotlinethat was installed meant that the Cold War had thawed a little.

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