The Cuban Problem and the Cuban Missile Crisis Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Cuban Problem and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Looks at the long history of conflict with Cuba especially the Cuban missile crisis.
# 148500 | 2,295 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper stresses that Cuba has been a point of contention between the US and other nations ever since the US gained independence thus resulting in many Cuban crises such as the nineteenth century "Cuban Question". Next, the paper focuses on the 1962 missile crisis which was not just another Cuban problem because the presence of USSR's nuclear missiles in Cuba meant that the whole earth could have been annihilated. The paper traces the history of this period from the USA failure at the Bay of Pigs to Cuba's continued relations with the Soviets.

Table of Contents:
Nuclear Possibilities
The Cuban Crisis: Khrushchev and Kennedy
The Event and Aftermath: Postmortem
Missiles, Cigars, Castro and the Soviets

From the Paper:

"The frenzied activity did not go unnoticed by the US authorities. According to the CIA, the then Deputy Director for Intelligence, Ray Cline, informed of this activity to McGeorge Bundy, the 'National Security Adviser' to the President. The President of the United States Kennedy was informed of the developments. According to the CIA, the information of the Soviet action was passed on to the agency by a double agent, serving Soviet military intelligence officer, Oleg Penkovsky. Based on this information the e ExComm recommended a 'quarantine' of the navy on military shipments of USSR to Cuba."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • CIA. A Look Back ... Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis. 2008.<>
  • Fursenko, Aleksandr; Naftali, Timothy. One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-1964. W. W. Norton: New York. 1997.
  • Garthoff, Raymond L. Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Brookings Institution. Washington, DC. 1989.
  • Larson, David L. The Cuban Crisis of 1962: Selected Documents and Chronology. Houghton Mifflin. Boston. 1963.
  • Lebow, Richard Ned; Stein, Janice Gross. We All Lost the Cold War. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ. 1994.

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