Thirteen Days: Cuban Missile Crisis

The thirteen days marking the most dangerous period of the Cuban missile crisis begin. President Kennedy and principal foreign policy and national defense officials are briefed on the U-2 findings. The cabinet decides what to do about the Soviet Union's decision to bring missiles so close to the United States. It narrows down the decision to two options: an air strike and invasion or a naval quarantine.

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  1. What was problematic about the Soviet Union placing missles in Cuba?
  2. What were the pros and cons of an airstrike? What about a blockade?

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