Chapter 8: Technology, the Use of Force and Weapons of Mass Destruction


Your argument does little other than anger the Soviet diplomat with whom you are speaking. The diplomatic channel is closed off. Additionally, your demand is taken as a threat and the Soviet Union sends submarines to the Caribbean Sea to protect missiles being sent to Cuba. You essentially find yourself where you started, but in a far more hostile diplomatic situation.

What do you do now?

Launch air strikes against CubaAim to dismantle the missile sites and put a prompt end to the program.
Set up a naval blockade of CubaEnsure nothing can enter (or leave) the country without US knowledge and acquiescence. Any Soviet craft trying to bring missiles or any other weapons, material, or supplies to Cuba will have to cross your blockade. Demand that the Soviet Union dismantle all missile sites in Cuba.
Launch a nuclear strike on the missile sites in CubaThis will serve to entirely destroy the new sites and to send a message that the US will not accept nuclear weapons so near its own territory.
Launch nuclear strikes against the Soviet UnionAim primarily at key military and government installations. If the Soviet Union is willing to put weapons so close to the United States, it seems they must be preparing for a nuclear attack. It is absolutely essential that you strike first, to gain the upper hand before Moscow does.