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


The Soviet Union acknowledges the missiles sites, initially denies the presence of missiles, and declares that any missiles that were there would be for defensive purposes only, with too short of a range to strike the continental United States. The Soviet minister with whom your Secretary of State meets argues that Cuba is a Soviet ally and the United States has demonstrated clear aggression toward Cuba. Cuba has the right to protection and the Soviet Union the right to provide it. The Soviet minister points out the similarity to the logic behind US positioning of nuclear weapons in Turkey and Italy. Lastly, he points out that neither country will benefit from a nuclear war, and threats to attack the Soviet Union endanger the fragile stability of the Cold War.

What do you do now?

Demand that the missiles be removedPoint out that putting missiles in Cuba also threatens stability Demand that the missiles be removed promptly or else the United States will be forced to "take action."
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.