The day-long meetings that took place in the White House with EX-COMM were very similar to those of previous days, specifically October 15 and 16. As a group EX-COMM believed that the United States must act against the communists in both Cuba and in the Soviet Union; however, according to an article named Cuban Missile Crisis Timeline, “The Joint Chiefs of Staff [senior leaders on military matters] strongly advised Kennedy to make an air strike” (“Cuban Missile Crisis Timeline,” par. 9). Although this sounded like an astute plan, several of the men in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of JCS, thought that it was necessary to verbally negotiate with the Soviets and Cubans first in order to meet their demands. By agreeing to comply with the enemy, they believed that they could then achieve success in Cuba and bring this “crisis” to a conclusion before it blew out of proportion. In addition to complying with the communists, it is also suspected that several of the group’s members wanted to also invade Cuba and intercept their nuclear missiles, as well as capture Fidel Castro. By capturing their ballistic warheads, the Soviets would be severely crippled, and this would end their interference in the Western Hemisphere. Though these plans were extremely difficult and not set in stone, it was clear that if the U.S. government and military negotiated with Cuba and then invaded the country, no other nation on earth would rival the United States. However, many of the other JCS board members fund many faults in this particular plan of action, and there is no clear resolution to the conflict in Cuba.
Actual Blog Date: May 2, 2011
Historical Date: October 17, 1962