The Cuban Missile Crisis

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What did the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War share in common?

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Both were points of conflict in the Cold War. Both were perceived attempts of Soviet aggression against American interests. The Cuban Missile Crisis was viewed as a direct threat to the United States as the Soviet Union had long-range missiles in Cuba. The Vietnam War was viewed as more of an indirect threat as the United States fought it using the domino theory which stated that if one country fell to communism, others in the region would follow it.

Both the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War involved the United States backing regimes that were not popular with the people of those countries. The United States backed the anti-communist Batista in Cuba until his overthrow by Castro. Castro then literally embraced Soviet premier Khrushchev and allowed him to build missile silos in Cuba. The United States also backed the anti-Communist leader Diem in South Vietnam who was universally hated by most of his own people for his rule resembling French imperialist rule rather than local...

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