Post by Anthony Marsh Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Anthony Marsh Post by email@example.com Post by claviger
Cuban Missile Crisis October 16-28, 1962
Intereting, claviger. Thank you.
I had been studying in the UK for just a few weeks when the CMC began.
It was frightening from that perspective too.
The Brits seemed to blame it on the US and JFK, claiming that they would
only have 5 minutes before the bombs hit, whereas the US would have 15.
I thought, 'what difference does that make?'
I don't get the point. Can you explain it in more detail?
All I know first-hand is what was said to me. They thought JFK was
No. The Brits did not say that.
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I did not know the US perspective, nor see JFK's speech, until I went to
the JFK Library.
Maybe you didn't know that the Russian snuck the missile into CUba with
the US noticing them. Maybe you didn't know that everyone else in the room
said we should bomb CUba immediately except JFK. He found a peaceful way
out. The JCS wanted WWIII.
True. I was unaware of all of that at the time. The first I heard of it
was the day the boats were to meet.
Secondly, I was giving you the UK position that was stated to me at the
time. They were extremely upset, and I was American, which I could not
easily hide. So they vetted. What can I say? I did not agree with them,
but I became really uncomfortable with what was taking place.
And, in hindsight, (as I said in another thread), the CMC must have been
Wernher von Braun's worst nightmare. Hitler had WVB imprisoned for saying
at a party that he really didn't want to bomb people, he wanted to use the
rockets to go to the moon. Here were WVB;s rockets, built by his team
from Penemunde, half Soviet, half American, aimed at each other and ready
to annihilate the world.