The cold war will never be the same again.
The struggle that began with the U.S. blockade of Cuba is far from over. But the U.S. took a firm stand and the Russians retreated with abject haste. That fact will be felt on every cold war battleground. At any number of points, Khrushchev can, of course, try to reverse his initial retreat by a counterblow, but any possible move will be harder for him than before the Cuban adventure.
A view of the field, after Cuba:
Berlin is still the West's most vulnerable position. Washington is convinced that Khrushchev was determined to...