Who started the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Who started the Cuban Missile Crisis? by Tony Garcia

Answer by Tony Garcia:

In my opinion, there are many factors weighing into this equation. Note that what follows is definitely not a comprehensive list, but incidents that come to mind after years of study, argument and debate.

  • Fidel Castro’s early favorable relationship with the United States and Vice-President Richard Nixon’s distrust of the Cuban Premier;
  • The enmity between the Soviet Union and the U.S.;
  • Castro’s subsequent wooing by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev;
  • The commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba;
  • Mutual perceptions of hostile intent between military-political alliances or blocs of both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.;
  • The confrontations and proxy wars involving the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. —the Berlin Blockade, the Berlin Wall, war in Indochina, conflicts in malaysia and Paraguay, etc.;
  • The failed U.S.-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion;
  • The perceived missile gap between the two superpowers, necessitating the nuclear arms race;
  • Attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro;
  • Attempts to sabotage the Cuban economy;
  • Missile in Cuba gave the Soviets a better bargaining position vis-a-vis the U.S.;
  • Defending Cuba from an imminent invasion by the U.S.

For further insight I suggest you do your own research. You may well alter or dismiss entirely what I’ve suggested here.

Who started the Cuban Missile Crisis?


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