The Cold War And Consequences Of The Cuban Missile Crisis
(International Negotiations: The Cuban Missile Crisis, p.350).
After becoming aware of this, President John F. Kennedy faced a decision. Receiving the advice of the Executive Committee on National Security, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, as well as various other high-ranking officials, he moved to quarantine Cuba. However, after a US U2 plane was shot down by USSR Commander Issa Pliyev, the crisis teetered on the brink of disaster. At this time, Kennedy and Khrushchev began negotiating indirectly to end the crisis peacefully. Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro was left out of these negotiations. At nearly the same time, US Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson was bringing the world up to speed on the USSR’s actions, revealing the deception of his Soviet counterpart Valerion Zorin. Due to a lack of willingness to reveal their interests, Kennedy and Khrushchev experienced difficulty making progress despite a series of offers and counter-offers. The crisis likely would not have reached a smooth resolution if it were …show more content…
As a result, “once Khrushchev made the offer, they quickly and enthusiastically accepted” (Cuba on the Brink, p. 19). Since this weapon placement was the key event in the crisis, and since any end to the crisis, negotiated or otherwise, would involve these Cuban missiles, Cuba should’ve been involved in the negotiation as more than merely a bargaining chip. According to Cuba on the Brink, “In the heat of the crisis, Khrushchev was no more inclined to bring Castro into the decision-making process than he had been beforehand… he did not actively seek Castro’s advice on how to manage the crisis… nor did he keep Castro informed of the flurry of secret meetings… nor did he inform him of the agreement to withdraw the missiles from Cuba” (p.