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The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962

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#1 space

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 11:21 AM

May I know why didn't the US government want the public to find out that they will remove missiles from Turkey within six months of the removal of missiles in Cuba?

If the Soviets leaked this private quid pro quo to the public, all other deals with the US will be called off and war will occur.

Is this to do with face?

How can the US government plan to go ahead with a war if they lost face?

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#2 MrJohnDClare

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 12:07 PM

Is this to do with face?

I think so.

How can the US government plan to go ahead with a war if they lost face?

Good point, but I don't think you can argue that far down the line.
That was the deal Kennedy and Khrushchev struck. Khrushchev was happy with the deal - in fact, I think that that was what he intended all along - and to be quite honest, the Soviets had got as much of a scare as the Americans. In fact, the Soviets played it with a pretty straight bat throughout - perhaps that ought to be the emphasis you place on the info ... that it shows how decent the Soviets were (when they were portrayed in the West as demons).

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