13 Days and the Cold War
The movie 13 days describes the actual events that happened during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. It was the first time during the Cold War that United States and the Soviet Union nearly engaged in full-scale nuclear war. The president of the United States at the time was John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood). He had to immediately decide the most effective way of action for the country after seeing pictures from a U-2 spy plane showing missiles in Cuba placed by the Soviet Union capable of destroying massive areas of the country. With the help of special assistant Kenny O’Donnell (Kevin Costner) and attorney General, also Brother Robert F. Kennedy (Kevin Costner), the President must avoid bad decisions that could lead to a war with the Soviets since it involved nuclear weapons and that would also prevent them from invading Berlin. Another important character during the event is the Chief of staff of the USAF General Curtis LeMay (Kevin Conway) who would prefer to take immediate action and invade Cuba rather than finding a warless solution. The movie focuses on the meetings and discussions held in the White House where the President took some time to finally announce the conflict that developed a widespread panic in the country. The secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Dylan Baker) and Ambassador of the United States to the UN Adlai Stevenson played critical roles during that period by showing pictures of the missiles at the UN meeting when the tension of a war started rising.
The first step that the United States took in response to the pictures of the missiles is ordering the U.S Naval forces to stop all the ships entering Cuban waters and checking if they were carrying any weapons. In response to the blockade done by the U.S, the Soviets wanted the U.S to publically announce that they will never invade Cuba. Later on, a second condition is proposed by the soviets that deal with the U.S removing its Jupiter missiles... [continues]
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