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


Navy quarantine ships move into position around Cuba. Soviet submarines move into the Caribbean Sea, threatening the quarantine. Soviet freighters carrying military supplies stop in place. The Soviet Union declares that US naval action is more than a quarantine. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev declares that you "are setting forth an ultimatum and threatening that if we do not give in to your demands you will use force. You are no longer appealing to reason, but wish to intimidate us." Within the next day or so, the freighters turn and head back to Europe. However, following the air strikes, this quarantine seems to the Soviet Union as an act of military aggression. In addition to the submarines in the Caribbean Sea, the Soviet Union deploys ships and submarines in the Atlantic and Pacific, within striking distance of the continental United States.

What do you do now?

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.
Launch a ground invasion of CubaTake out the remaining missile sites with ground forces, and establish a military presence that will force the Soviet Union to engage your troops militarily if it hopes to bring any more missile supplies into Cuba.
Write a personal letter to Nikita KhrushchevAgain encourage him to change his course of action. Explain that the quarantine and air strikes are only defensive measures and will be immediately stopped if Soviet missiles are removed from Cuba.
Send Robert KennedySend your brother and one of your top advisors, to meet privately with Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin. Offer a deal: if the Soviet Union removes all missiles and related equipment from Cuba, the United States will end the blockade immediately.