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Nixon Administration during Cuban Missile Crisis

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    Apologies if this has been previously discussed. But I've always wondered how the Cuban Missile Crisis wpuld have played out if Nixon had won the 1960 election. He was a notorious hawk on Communism.

    Would he have attacked or invaded Cuba to get rid of the sites and get rid of Castro?

    Would the Soviets then retaliate on West Berlin/West Germany?

    Would WW3 happened because of it?

    Or would he have followed a similar course to Kennedy and get the missiles removed in exchange for missiles in Turkey?

  • #2
    Should be interesting as Nixon here would be without Kissinger.

    Now, have I not read that there were also tactical nuclear weapons in Cuba at the time and that the Soviet General had a free hand in their use if needed?


    • #3
      From my understanding the Soviets had deployed frogs and given their local battlefield commanders discretion but I could be wrong.

      From what I understand, the Joint Chiefs tried working Kennedy to hit them with air strikes and then launch a follow up invasion to prevent it from ever happening again. I don’t see how they could ensure hitting all of them though, plus the longer range missile sites at the same time.


      • #4
        The Bay of Pigs needs to be taken into account.
        If RMN had backed airstrikes, as JFK did not, would that have led to a prolonged conflict that might have interrupted Moscow's plans for missile bases in Cuba?
        Trust me?
        I'm an economist!