WILL HE, WON’T HE, HAS HE?
Russia’s criminal despot pushes the world to the brink, playing an unpredictable, dangerous game.
FOR 35 days in October- November 1962 the world held its collective breath at the real prospect of nuclear war between the then USSR and the US. In America it was a midterm election year, with the Kennedy gloss already fading after a failed US-sponsored attempted 1961 invasion Cuba known as the Bay of Pigs.
Kennedy’s louche personal dalliances and nepotism were also serving his family’s many enemies in the wider, entrenched US bureaucracy.
Kennedy ordered nuclear missile redeployments in Turkey and Italy, which raised concerns with Russia and its allies, including the mercurial Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, who convinced the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to deploy nuclear weapons to Cuba to protect it against further US attack.
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