Nation: The Crisis That Was Real

Last week's Soviet troop controversy raised echoes of the Cuban missile crisis, but that was a far different affair.

On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy told a stunned nation that he was ordering a naval "quarantine" of Cuba because the U.S. had just acquired proof that there were Soviet medium-range ballistic missiles on the island. In addition, he said, sites were being built for intermediate-range ballistic missiles capable of striking at targets in much of North America. Not only were sites for the missiles under construction, he charged, but the assembly of...

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