Cuban Missile Crisis

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JFK's 'Eyeball-to-Eyeball' Standoff Is a Myth

And it has messed up our foreign policy for decades: Michael Dobbs

(Newser) - It's modern political legend, in which JFK trumps Khrushchev: Soviet ships are heading toward Cuba—and potential war with the US—but they turn around at the last moment instead of confronting a US blockade. "We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked,... More »

Fidel Castro Had Secret Nukes: Transcript

But Soviets removed the tactical nukes after relations soured

(Newser) - Think the threat of a nuclear Cuba ended with the Cuban Missile Crisis? Apparently not—because the Soviets had only removed their medium-range nuclear missiles under US pressure in November of 1962, and left about 100 tactical nukes unknown to the United States, Foreign Policy reports. But the Soviets decided... More »

Bachmann: Hezbollah May Be Planning Cuban Bases

Candidate argues against softening embargo

(Newser) - Ready for another Cuban missile crisis? Hezbollah is working with the Cubans, and may be building missile bases and training camps on the Caribbean island, according to Michele Bachmann. "There’s reports out that Cuba has been working with Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is potentially looking at wanting to be... More »

'Vindictive' Documentary on Kennedys Ignites Furor

Right-winger's History Channel biopic blamed JFK for Berlin Wall

(Newser) - A History Channel miniseries on the Kennedy family that won't be aired for nearly a year has already raised the ire of Kennedy historians and liberal critics who call the series' script a historically inaccurate hatchet job that portrays the JFK presidency salaciously. The Kennedys is being produced by Joel... More »

Jackie's Charm Sparked US Visit by Mona Lisa

First lady persuaded French to loan painting, boost our culture

(Newser) - Jackie Kennedy executed a diplomatic coup in 1962, when she convinced the smitten French culture minister to send the Mona Lisa on a perilous journey. The painting's visit to the US—"then regarded as a country with hardly any culture at all," in the words of one historian—... More »

JFK Negotiated (and Got His Butt Kicked)

1961 summit with Khrushchev holds lessons for Obama

(Newser) - On the campaign trail, Barack Obama often invokes a JFK maxim—"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate"—to back up his commitment to talk to America's enemies. But in a Times op-ed, two writers observe that Kennedy learned a tough... More »

Cuba Takes a Swing at Golf

The tiny Communist nation hopes tourists will come back to the island

(Newser) - Nearly a dozen tony golf-resort projects funded by Spanish, British, and Canadian consortiums are under way in Cuba as acting President Raul Castro tries to lure foreign tourists—and their cash—back to the struggling island nation by creating a new Caribbean golf destination, reports the Wall Street Journal. Castro... More »

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