cuban missile crisisWatch
"The Cuban missile crisis was a victory for the USA" How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer.(10 marks)
Here are some prompts to get you started:
Briefly, what happened in the Cuban missile crisis? What were the key events and takeaways for the USA and USSR?
What was the aftermath for each side and hence do you think the USA came off better or worse? Did it help relations and show that MAD was still a thing?
The Cuban Missile Crisis was most assuredly a victory for the USA. In what was the apex of the Cold War, the USA had prevailed over the communist state that was the USSR. Khrushchev's 'one-man' style of leadership saw an unprepared and unintended threat of war against the USA, as he hoped to place nuclear weaponry within the new revolutionary state of communicst Cuba. The USSR in this respect, was therefore seen as the aggressor - threatening the USA. It can be aruged that the USA's victory had sprouted from its quick reaction by placing a naval barrier along the Cuban coastline, stopping any military intervention from the USSR. As a result, the USA had successfully stopped a threat from communist Russia. It can therefore be agreed that the statement is entirely valid, as it was a symbolic message to the world that capitalism was the prevailing force against communism. This threat posed by the USSR had begun to deteriorate soon after, as the two nations agreed to follow a policy of disarmament, both in Turkey and Cuba.
Probably not 10 marks, and doubt you'll read it but I hope it helps to any that are studying it.