What are the important points of analysis about the Cuban Missile Crisis?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In order to get the best possible answer, perhaps you might explain a little more about what you want here.  There are many ways to think of "points of analysis."

Some possible points of analysis would be:

  • Why did the Soviets put their missiles in Cuba?  Did they really think that this would change the balance of power in a meaningful and long-term way?  Were there other considerations behind the decision to place the missiles there?
  • Why did President Kennedy take such a hard line against the missiles?  Was he really worried about them as a threat to the US?  Was he thinking at all about domestic politics and the need for him to look strong after the complete failure at the Bay of Pigs the year before?
  • Did Kennedy make the right decision in ordering the blockade?  Were the missiles in Cuba really worth the possibility of a real war between the US and the USSR?


akoch94 | Student

well done