Cold War: Of Bases & Bombs

At first glimpse, it certainly bore all the signs of a U.S.-Soviet deal. First the news broke that Premier Khrushchev, in a se cret letter to President Kennedy, had agreed to remove the biggest obstacle to a nuclear test-ban treaty by permitting on-site inspections in Russia. Soon afterward, the U.S. confirmed that it was preparing to dismantle its Jupiter base in Turkey, the very thing that Khrushchev had demanded when the U.S. forced him to get his medium-range missiles out of Cuba, and its bases in Italy, too.

Was there really a deal? No. The two events have really no...

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