|A Russian Missile|
In a few short years, “missile gap”, “mutual assured destruction”, “ICBM”, and “U-2” popped into the common lexicon. Sputnik had scared us and Khrushchev (and his shoe) had alarmed us, and then suddenly we discovered Russian missiles being positioned in Cuba – pointed our way. They say now Kennedy’s earlier diffidence at the Bay of Pigs led the Ruskies to be bolder – apparently weakness is provocative to one’s enemies (hasn’t that just come up again recently?). The blockade ensued and suddenly I found myself curled up under a desk for what seemed like hours on end. It was, in retrospect, they say, the closest the Cold War ever came to becoming a hot one. Then as suddenly as it began it was over.
The two week Cuban Missile Crisis ended 50 years ago today.
John M Greco