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


The Soviets continue to send missiles to Cuba, amassing a significant arsenal. Fidel Castro begins posturing aggressively, threatening to respond to any US attack with nuclear retaliation. Your allies in Central and South America pressure you to take action. Cuba is growing into a regional bully, and several of your allies are strongly displeased.

What do you do now?

Increase number of missiles in Turkey in retaliationSend a message. If the Soviets will not stop sending missiles to the US doorstep, the US will send more to the Soviet doorstep.
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.
Request a diplomatic meeting with the Soviet UnionRequest that the missiles be removed from Cuba. Make it clear that any missiles in Cuba will be treated as Soviet missiles, and an attack from Cuba will be responded to with an attack on the Soviet Union.
Continue to do nothingIt is best to not get involved. Cuba will not dare attack, and any action against the Soviets could escalate the conflict, which is far too risky with nuclear weapons involved.