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Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente
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Was there anything ironic in Kennedy's tough cold warrior position during the 1960 campaign? Attacking the record of Dwight Eisenhower? What made Kennedy a believable representative of a new toughness? How might America's embarrassment at the Bay of Pigs have influenced Kennedy's response to the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba? How might Kennedy's campaign rhetoric have influenced his response to the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba? Did they? Did Kennedy respond as you might have expected? What was the upside of the "near-death experience" of the crisis? Was there a downside?