Revision Notes

Cuban Missile Crisis – Kennedy’s Options

1. Do Nothing – Leave the missiles as they were. This would be unpopular amongst Americans.

2. An air strike – this would lead to war with Cuba and possibly with Russia with no assurance that the missiles would be destroyed.

3. Invade Cuba – This could lead to Russia invading West Berlin.

4. Attack Cuba and Russia with nuclear weapons.

5. Blockade Cuba – No Russian ships would be allowed access to Cuba. This was Kennedy’s decision.