The Cuban Missile Crisis: Did the US Government Act Appropriately?

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The Cuban Missile Crisis: Did the United States Government Act Appropriately?
The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 brought the world perilously close to nuclear war because of the Soviet insistence upon deploying atomic weapons in Cuba. The question that has been posed ever since is whether or not the Kennedy Administration responded appropriately during the Missile Crisis? The second question, that may help answer the first, is why Kennedy and his advisors acted as they did in October of 1962? In the interests of continuity, the ensuing paper will answer the latter question first as it is a good lead-up to answering the final question. Ultimately, given the geopolitics of the time, the US government was clearly motivated to show strong...
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