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Was the Cuban Missile Crisis a Success for Containment?

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Introduction The Cuban missile crisis was a major test for containment. Containment was the policy that was to try and prevent the USSR from spreading further into the world. The policy first came into action on 12th March 1947 when Truman made a speech. Kennedy later used this in 1962 when he formed a blockade around Cuba so that the USSR could not get its weapons of destruction to it. This was an act of containment because he stopped the USSR getting its weapons to Cuba and it stopped Cuba trading with the USSR so it had totally blocked off all physical contact with its ally. The argument that I am going to argue is that the Cuban missile crisis was a success for containment. ...read more.


In addition the crisis showed the success of containment in that Kennedy did not go to war endangering his country. He decided to contain Cuba which proved more effective. Here are the 3 main options that Kennedy had:- * Go to War * Block the USSR from Cuba * Do nothing Go to War If Kennedy had decided to do this, then the world could have been destroyed in a matter of minutes. It takes just 10 minutes for a short range missile to reach its maximum range. It takes only 20 minutes for a long range missile to reach its distance. So this idea would not have been the best thing that Kennedy could have done. Block the USSR from Cuba If Kennedy chose this option then he would be making an act of war. ...read more.


Arguments Against Containment might be considered to be unsuccessful because America had to remove its weapons of destruction from Turkey. However, this is one little point compared to the fact that because Kennedy used containment to his advantage, he got the weapons of mass destruction taken away and the people of America had no idea that America was removing its missiles from Turkey. I feel that this point is far greater than the point saying that America had to remove its weapons. Conclusion All in all I feel that containment was successful in the Cuban missile crisis because the points that are stated are much more superior to the ones against. My argument shows that containment was successful and it avoided the world coming to the end. Mark Baptist Page 3 24/11/02 ...read more.

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