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Talk at the BrinkDeliberation and Decision during the Cuban Missile Crisis$
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David R. Gibson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151311

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151311.001.0001

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The Deal

The Deal

(p.135) Chapter 6 The Deal
Talk at the Brink

David R. Gibson

Princeton University Press

This chapter is concerned with the discussions about Khrushchev's two proposals: to remove the missiles in return for a U.S. pledge not to invade Cuba, and to remove them on the condition that the United States agreed to withdraw NATO Jupiter missiles in Turkey. Here there was a sharp difference of opinion, with Kennedy certain that Khrushchev would never accept a deal that was limited to the no-invasion pledge but his advisers equally convinced that it was worth trying. This difference of opinion rarely translated into overt conflict, however, in part because each side allowed the other to tell its story without objection. But eventually a decision had to be made, and Kennedy gave in, only to subsequently sign off on an informal message to Khrushchev that offered a secret concession on the Jupiters in spite of fears that the alliance could unravel as a result.

Keywords:   Soviet missiles, Khrushchev, Cuban missile crisis, John F. Kennedy, Cuba

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