Saturday, August 13, 2016

China Hand — How Fidel Castro Almost Made Cuba the World's 5th Nuclear Power


Have a good laugh.
Recently, the tape recordings of the Oval Office discussions during the crisis were declassified and, according to Benjamin Schwartz in The Atlantic, yielded this priceless nugget:

On the first day of the crisis, October 16, when pondering Khrushchev’s motives for sending the missiles to Cuba, Kennedy made what must be one of the most staggeringly absentminded (or sarcastic) observations in the annals of American national-security policy: “Why does he put these in there, though? … It’s just as if we suddenly began to put a majornumber of MRBMs [medium-range ballistic missiles] in Turkey. Now that’d be goddamned dangerous, I would think.” McGeorge Bundy, the national security adviser, immediately pointed out: “Well we did it, Mr. President.”
This post is longish but worth the read if you are into history. It would be almost unbelievable if it weren't for the release of the transcripts.

China Matters
How Fidel Castro Almost Made Cuba the World's 5th Nuclear Power
China Hand

2 comments:

John said...

Further proof of Kennedy the madman - i.e. the liberal imperialist so beloved by the "enlightened" frappuccinistas. Or it could be the result of whatever STDs he had rotting his brain.

Bob said...

JFK had Addison's disease.