Foreign Relations: Reflections on Cuba

Day by day in every way, President Kennedy was feeling better and better about his handling of the Cuba crisis. Last week his sunny reflections on the subject were passed on from Palm Beach.

Khrushchev, the President felt, had tried to alter the cold war balance of power by sending missiles to Cuba. It was vital to the U.S. to get those missiles out, yet to do so without humiliating Russia. For, Kennedy thinks, when one great cold war power suffers stinging defeat, it is likely to retaliate in such a way as to increase the chances of nuclear war.


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