cubin missle crisis

Topics: Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuba, United States, Soviet Union, Fidel Castro / Pages: 4 (960 words) / Published: Apr 1st, 2014
Caitlyn Kiefer 3-28-14
Mr. Bacon Essay period 1

The Cuban missile crisis showed that America was on the “Eve of Destruction.” What “Eve of Destruction” means is how America was at the edge of something horrible/ terrifying. For example, in the song, it states, “If the button is pushed, there’s no running away” showing that there was no solution to a disaster. This relates to the Cuban missile crisis because in both situations weapons were in place in which something dreadful could happen. The button in the song represents atomic bombs, while during the Cuban missile crisis Cuba had missiles. Both of these would lead to disaster, which brings me to the causes of the Cuban missile crisis. The first cause was the Bay of Pigs Invasion. This was when Fidel Castro led a revolution to take over Cuba and set up a socialist (a form of communism) government. President Eisenhower than approved a secret plan to train an army of Cuban exiles to invade Cuba. He sent about 1,200 Cuban exiles to get Cuban civilians to join but the plan failed. Cuban civilians did not join because of the fear of being executed, as well as, supporting Castro. This was an embarrassment to the United States because the landing was badly planned, and Kennedy canceled air support for the attack. This let Castro’s forces quickly gather up the invaders strengthening him. This relates to the movie because in the movie it mentions, “it is starting to smell like the Bay of Pigs all over again” showing evidence that the U.S. had major decisions to make and that they did not want to mess it all up and be embarrassed once again. The second cause of the Cuban missile crisis was when the Soviet Union decided to give Cuba more weapons. As stated in the textbook, President Kennedy learned that the soviets

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