View Full Version : OT Document Friday: The Cuban Missile Crisis --Khrushchev's Letter to Kennedy

02-12-2010, 11:23 AM
For the blog I write at the National Security Archive.

A copy of the actual letter and more analysis is at the link.... There is a pretty awesome flame thrower reference at the end. :wiggle: What do you think??


At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet Secretary General Nikita Khrushchev penned a letter to his counterpart, US President John F. Kennedy. The letter described Kennedy’s order to “quarantine” Cuba as “an act of aggression which pushes mankind toward the abyss of a world nuclear-missile war.” Beyond reminding us how close the world came to nuclear war, today’s hot doc gives us a glimpse of the two brinksmen’s personal correspondence as they approached the precipice.

Read on here: http://nsarchive.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/document-friday-khrushchevs-letter-to-kennedy/#more-1230

02-12-2010, 12:48 PM
flame throwers on snow.....Only in America.

02-12-2010, 12:52 PM
flame throwers on snow.....Only in America.


02-12-2010, 01:04 PM

02-13-2010, 09:38 PM
Nice article.

Cito Pelon
02-22-2010, 01:58 PM
Ah, Kruschev, taking his shoe off at the UN podium, pounding his shoe on the podium. There was the misinterpretation, though, and it got a lot of play in the media.

Kruschev said in Russian, "We will see you in your graves." It was widely interpreted into English as, "We will bury you." Big difference at the time.

Nevertheless, the US and Russia have been at odds for a long time, sworn enemies, been trying to divide the planet to the detriment of both. Not a good situation, but sworn enemies tend to lead to a bad situation.