The Kennedy administration had been publicly embarrassed by the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion in Maywhich had been launched under President John F.
On 17 April a US-backed band of Cuban exiles landed at the Bay of Pigs hoping to raise a counter-uprising against Castro, despite the assurances of the new US president, John F Kennedyfive days before, that the US would not intervene militarily to overthrow Castro.
Kennedy was heavily criticized, and internal support for Castro deepened as Cuba became firmly anti-American.
Khrushchev decided to use his new ally. Photographs from an American U-2 spy-plane on 14 October confirmed previous suspicions, exposing the missile sites and the presence on Cuba of medium-range Soviet missiles, well within the range of several US cities.
The official confirmation, once the photographs had been verified, sent Washington into a panic. On the 18 October, Soviet foreign minister, Andrei Gromyko, met Kennedy pictured and tried to persuade the US president that the missiles were merely there in a defensive capacity.
Indisputable evidence By the time, on 22 October, Khrushchev realised that the Americans had uncovered his secret, 42 nuclear missiles had been put into place on the island of Cuba.
Soviet officials based in Washington tried to deny their presence but the American public refused to believe them. The public clambered to stock up on foodstuffs and essentials, especially in cities, unhelpfully listed by the American media, as the most vulnerable to nuclear attack.
Washington was fearful of Khrushchev pictured — not because they conceived the Soviet leader as a worthy opponent but because they deemed him, correctly, as erratic and untrustworthy.
Although they were not to know this at the time, the responsibility of the Cuban-based missiles had been delegated to local commanders. On his part, Khrushchev underestimated Kennedy and was dismissive of the young president: But the US army and its nuclear weapons remained on red alert.
There then came an exchange of letters between Kennedy and Khrushchev.
Khrushchev warned Kennedy against maintaining the blockade, threatening the use of Soviet submarines against US ships. The Crisis had become even more precarious. The American public felt it was on the eve of Armageddon. The deal they thrashed out was conveyed to and accepted by their respective masters.
Khrushchev would order the withdrawal of Soviet missiles in Cuba in return for the withdrawal of the US missiles in Turkey, and, in addition, an American pledge not to attempt an overthrow of Castro.
But the world at least had been saved from devastation. The US, however, did not issue a public statement regarding the removal of their missiles from Turkey, so, on the face of it, the Soviet Union, and Khrushchev personally, had suffered a dishonourable defeat.
To make matters worse, Soviet ships, returning home with their missiles, were shadowed out of Cuban waters by US planes and subjected to humiliating searches by US patrols.
Two years later, in OctoberNikita Khrushchev, was forced from office.The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis of (Spanish: Crisis de Octubre), the Caribbean Crisis (Russian: Карибский кризис, tr.
Karibsky krizis, IPA: [kɐˈrʲipskʲɪj ˈkrʲizʲɪs]), or the Missile Scare, was a day (October 16–28, ) confrontation between the . Castro soon became convinced that the U.S was serious about invading Cuba. Shortly after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, Castro declared Cuba as a socialist republic, entering into close ties with the Soviet Union.
This led to a major upgrade of Cuban military defence.
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In October , the Kennedy Administration faced its most serious foreign policy crisis. A Brief Summary, Timeline, and Facts About the Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis was an important event in American history, and lasted for 13 days.
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