Comments: Footnotes....

When I was going to college, I learned (by a young punk who prescribed Howard Zinn as reading material, so I took whatever he said with a grain of salt) that history was always written by the victors and not the vanquished. I can't say I necessarily agree with that statement.

Posted by Erica on June 27, 2007 08:08 AM

I still remember how terrified I was during the Cuban missile crisis. All of ten years old, I had read plenty of books about atomic weapons. I knew just what we were in for if the Russians nuked New York.

But what I didn't know was that there were nukes tucked away in silos in Amityville (yes, that Amityville), the town immediately east of us. This information came out in the 1990's...and it meant that if things had gone pear-shaped, we would have been right under the bulls-eye instead of 40 miles away. Yeef.

Posted by Elisson on June 27, 2007 10:30 AM

We had those nukes there for quite a while. I remember when I was in the Army (1960-1963) that some of my friends were assigned to that site in Turkey and the US looked at the Soviets and the Soviets looked at the US and there was no attack on western Europe as a result. That is why the nukes were there because at the time the Communists were some of the largest parties in the western Europeans countries and there was a huge fear that the Soviets would attack and with their having nukes and the usual western Europeans not capable of defending themselves, our nukes were what kept the Soviets honest.

Kennedy let the Soviets build up a supply in Cuba and then finally he told them what he would do if they did not get them out toute suite. Khruschev blinked and Kennedy didn't.

It was a very strange time in international politics. There was a whole lot of posturing going on and we are still paying the price for those days. Remember that shortly after the Cuba Missile Crisis we had the Berlin Wall go up and then we were off to the races. Thank God for Reagan standing up to be counted.

Posted by dick on June 27, 2007 02:42 PM

The code for a dry run to launch our 9 Pershing missiles was Red Hotel.
The real thing was Red Hotel One.

440 Kt each. Major heartache.

Posted by The other Dick on June 27, 2007 06:25 PM

I was a wee laddy, when I became aware of the danger of residing next to a sac base(in the 60's). We practiced evaq on trains,buses ect. Took bottled water in clorox bottles to school, canned foods, also. Scary time for a kid.

Posted by ken on June 27, 2007 08:57 PM

Yep, it wasn't Kennedy's grit so much as Kennedy's removal of those nukes from Turkey that got those Russian ships turned around. It often takes 40 or 50 years for "current events" reported by a fawning press to become sorted out as history.

Posted by Jim - PRS on June 28, 2007 03:33 AM

'60 was when I graduated from high school. I had too many hormones flowing to pay much attention, but we all knew the Cuban missile crisis put us on the brink. It was scary. As I recall, Turkey was just the tip of the old berg. We had hundreds of missiles all up and down the western border of USSR, as well as many hidden around the US. I would bet your balls that many of those are still intact, though obsolete.

Posted by Winston on June 28, 2007 06:10 AM