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Extra resources for Constructing National Interests: The United States and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Borderlines series)
So why thirteen days? One can ask as well why Cuba plays such an insignificant part in the Cuban missile crisis. Only the United States and the Soviet Union have important roles in this drama: The deployment of strategic missiles was a hostile and aggressive action by the Soviet Union against the United States, which, in turn, was compelled to defend itself and its hemisphere. S. story. As I. F. Stone has pointed out, standard accounts of the Cuban missile crisis “are appallingly ethnocentric. Cuba’s fate and interests are simply ignored” (1966: 14).
The logical answer was missiles. (1970: 545–546) The installation of nuclear missiles in Cuba, undertaken in agreement with the Cuban government, was designed to “restrain the United States from precipitous military action against Castro’s government” (547). An official government statement reported by TASS explained that a certain amount of armament is . . being sent to Cuba from the Soviet Union at the request of the Cuban government in connection with the threats by aggressive imperialist circles.
M. IRBM launchers in Cuba provides a significant accretion to Soviet strategic capabilities for striking the continental United States. In view of the relatively limited numbers of Soviet operational ICBM launchers—at present an estimated 75—the missiles in the Caribbean will increase the first-strike missile salvo which the USSR could place on targets in the continental United States by over 40 percent. S. launchers vulnerable to such a first strike. S. deterrent striking force. . If the present base complex in Cuba is completed late in 1962, and taking into account the estimated Soviet ICBM force for the end of 1962, a Soviet attack without warning could destroy an appreciably larger proportion of over-all United States strategic capability than it could if the Cuban complex were not included.
Constructing National Interests: The United States and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Borderlines series) by Jutta Weldes