In October of 1962, President Kennedy gathered his advisors regarding a photograph of nuclear missile sites in Cuba. These were being constructed by the Soviet Union. The President and his team exhausted all means to come up with an effective solution to the problem. These meetings were held in complete secrecy to preclude the premature disclosure to both Cuba and the Soviet Union that the US President knew of these sites from the photographs of US spy plane.
From the tedious meetings which took days, the President decided to cordon off the area with a blockade of ships to stop the Soviet Union from transporting more military supplies into Cuba. The United States demanded that the missiles to be removed and the sites destroyed. The world watched, waited and hoped. For those thirteen days in October no one knew how the Soviet’s Khrushchev would react and respond.
The waiting and the hoping was not in vain, for Khrushchev withdrew his ships, dismantled the sites and negotiated that Cuba be spared from invasion. In exchange, the US also removed its nuclear weapons in Turkey. What followed was the easing of animosity between the two superpowers. From President Kennedy‘s peace initiatives the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed and opened the lines of communication between the US and the Soviet Union.
It ushered in the era of peace through diplomacy. The site touches about the challenges and the shining moments of the president of the most powerful nation of the world. The site was effective in enhancing my understanding of its theme. I was not only able to appreciate the dilemma of a president in times of crisis such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, I was also able to understand the human side of the person as president.
The triumph of diplomacy over the threat of war was what made the two leaders a breed apart from the rest. Reference John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. JFK in History: Cuban Missile Crisis. Retrieved April 17, 2008, from http://www. jfklibrary. org/Historical+Resources/JFK+in+History/Cuban+Missile+Cris is. htm John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. The World on the Brink: John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Retrieved April 17, 2008 from http://www. jfklibrary. org/jfkl/cmc/cmc_calendar_map. html