Nation: Some of the Answers

The President had not held a press conference for ten weeks. A month had passed since his last major public pronouncement about Cuba. Thus, when Kennedy finally faced newsmen last week, there were plenty of questions to be answered. And answer them he did—up to a point. Beyond that point, he left unresolved some issues basic to the meaning of the Cuban crisis.

For days, messages had sped back and forth between Washington and Moscow; White House aides proudly let it be known that it now took only an hour and a half for a written communication to leave Kennedy's desk and...

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