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The Cuban Missile Crisis: The Unsung Leadership of Khrushchev
An in-depth argumentitive report on the Cuban Missile Crisis and its implications as a result of the interactions between Kruschev and JFK.
# 104418 | 1,379 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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The paper discusses the importance of the challenges that arose between Kruschev and Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the result of their actions and decisions.The paper endeavours to portray Kruschev as the person responsible for easing tensions in the area and not being responsible for causing the Cuban missile crisis and further shows that, in fact, as a result of Kennedy's actions in the area, Kruschev had no option but to assist Cuba as he did. The paper appends relevant source material.

From the Paper:

"Those who want to rescue Khrushchev's reputation from the dustbin of history frequently note that the Soviet Premier was every bit as responsible in his thinking as was Kennedy during the height of the crisis and, in many respects, even before it began. For instance, whatever his failings, it was not Khrushchev who stepped up surreptitious assaults against Castro, launched the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion - those were all things initiated by the Kennedy Administration. Further, the aggressive American build-up under Kennedy was understandably worrisome for the Soviet Leader, who had to watch this unfold fully cognizant of the fact that NATO had missiles pointed at the heart of the Soviet Union from nearby Turkey (Meyer, 113). Seen in that light, Khrushchev's secretive military support of Castro during the summer and fall of 1962 was entirely understandable - even if he erred in deploying missiles by stealth to the tiny island. More significantly, Kennedy's clandestine and not-so-clandestine efforts to unseat Castro surely raised tensions between the Soviet Union and America inasmuch as the US President had to have known on some level that the Soviets would feel compelled to protect the embattled Cuban leader from US efforts to kill him. All in all, the blame for the escalation of the crisis prior to mid-October of 1962 cannot solely, maybe not even mostly, laid at the feet of Nikita Khrushchev."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blanton, Thomas. "Annals of Blinkmanship." The National Security Archive: The George Washington University. 1997. George Washington University. 3 Jun. 2007 <>
  • Meyer, Karl E. "One Hell of a Gamble." World Policy Journal, 18.1 (2001): 113-115.
  • Nigro, Louis J. "High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis." Parameters, 35 (2005): 154+. Retrieved 3 Jun. 2007 <>
  • Preble, Christopher A. ""Who Ever Believed in the 'Missile Gap?": John F. Kennedy and the Politics of National Security." Presidential Studies Quarterly, 33.4 (2003): 801+. 3 Jun. 2007 <>

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