I started listening to Dan Carlin's @HardcoreHistory & I'm hooked. Epic stories by a master storyteller. 6-hours on the Cold War/Cuban Missile Crisis: 3 hours for Part I (of 6!) on World War I. I'm going to be busy for awhile...
Curtis LeMay believed that the only sure nuclear defense was to launch a preëmptve first strike. During the Cuban missile crisis—which ended on this day in 1962—he almost did it.
Today in 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended. Aerial photography from the Lockheed U-2 was at the heart of the crisis. A senior official from the National Photographic Interpretation Center reflects, in a 2012 lecture:
SEE PHOTOS | Take a look back on the Cuban Missile Crisis 57 years after the 13-day standoff ended
Reports tonight that Russia is trying to tighten its grip on Venezuela. Not since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 have we had such an enemy presence in our own hemisphere. This CANNOT and will not be allowed. #Putin and #Maduro , you’re both on notice. #TrishRegan
4/ The US is involved in a showdown being compared to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Bannon just told the world President Trump is bluffing.
The lesson of the Cuban Missile Crisis is that JFK saved us from nuclear war by exhibiting what might be called "strategic patience"