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The U.S. and USSR Stood on the Brink of War

October 21, 2009 by  

The “Cuban Missile Crisis” began on Oct. 22, 1962, when President John F. Kennedy told a nationwide television audience that the Soviet Union had placed nuclear missiles in Communist Cuba. This was four years after an "agrarian reformer" named Fidel Castro seized power there and quickly turned the island nation into a Communist dictatorship.

In his address to the nation, Kennedy said that the United States would implement a blockade of Cuba until the missiles were removed. The next day, the Organization of American States passed a resolution unanimously approving the U.S. quarantine of Cuba—something that would never happen today. The measure authorized the U.S. to use military force to prevent the shipment of more offensive weapons to Cuba.

When a Soviet ship challenged the blockade on Oct. 24, all U.S. military forces went to DEFCON 2, the highest military alert ever reached in the postwar era. The U.S. and the USSR appeared poised for full-scale war.

Two days later, on Oct. 26, a deal was struck between the two powers. The Soviet Union agreed to remove its missiles from Cuba. Castro pledged not to accept any more offensive weapons. And in turn, the U.S. promised to stop any efforts to overthrow Castro or to invade Cuba. Forty-seven years later, the Castro brothers are still in power. And the Cuban people are still enslaved.

—Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Thomas DeLanage

    Perhaps Mr. Obama should think some things through before opening his mouth.

    Now he is threatening Social Security (the elderly)and the VA, our veterans of wars. The same ones that are either overseas carrying out their duties, back home being treated for horrendous wounds obtained by the orders of a Commander and Chief of the military. People that Obama will be looking to for the defenders of this country and the folks that are usually the ones to get out and vote.

    One group, that if crossed by Obama, could conceivably rise up and vote him out of office. Another group that could refuse to go and give their lives for a bold face liar, or that may have the courage and disgust with the liar to revolt against our basically crooked government.

    I have a concern and do not understand why the congress and senate haven’t turned around and thrown this individual out of office. How many things has he done now that have put him in position where he could be impeached? How many times has he ignored the Constitution that he swore to protect when he took the oath of office. How many times has he cheated and lied to find ways around having to go through congress. What does it take to have this sick individual declared unfit to hold office and replace him with (gag) Biden?

    Or do we have a bunch of crooks that want to cover their butts so they can continue to rip the country off, or a bunch of cowards that are afraid to step up and do what is right against Mr (thinks he’s a bad ass) Obama?


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