The United States And Soviet Union Essay

2516 Words Nov 11th, 2016 11 Pages
In October 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear war over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. It was a direct and dangerous confrontation that placed the two superpowers closest to a nuclear conflict. During the crisis, a fragile peace hung by only a thread for 13 days as the United States and the Soviet Union performed the diplomatic dance that nearly led to nuclear holocaust. We will attempt to answer what the United States as well as the Soviet’s national interests and threats were that led to this action. I will address what course of action the United States and Soviet Union took as these events unfolded, and finally describe the outcome of such actions as they transpired and how the implemented policy of the United States was ultimately successful. The United States perceived the island nation of Cuba, after the revolution of Fidel Castro in 1959 that overthrew Fulgencio Batista, in more or less an apathetic if not a slightly positive light, giving it diplomatic status, and recognition, despite misgivings about Castro 's communist political ideology and rhetoric. The Cuban government was initially neutral to the superpower competition between the two superpowers. Castro knew he needed support, but initially was not sure from whom he could get the best deal for his fledgling government. The Soviet Union initially was uninterested in Cuba, and Castro even toured the U.S. in 1959. Yet Castro frayed the relationship with…

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