Nikita Khrushchev (1894–1971). Credit: Time Magazine

“Mr. President, we and you ought not now to pull on the ends of the rope in which you have tied the knots of war; because the more the two of us pull, the tighter this knot will be tied.”Nikita Khrushchev,  First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964.

October 16, 1962 marked the beginning of thirteen days that almost brought the world to total annihilation as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  For a brief moment the Earth stopped to spin while the United States and the Soviet Union had their fingers on the nuclear red button ready to blow up the planet into oblivion.

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  1. Hello Dee:

    I was in high school in 1962, and recall very clearly how close we were to World War III. Indeed, JFK, RFK, McNamara and Dillon made enormous efforts to counter balance the pressure from the “hawks” at the National Security Council’s (EXCOMM) meetings during those tortuous thirteen days of October 1962.

    Wars are a no-win situation. Syria is now in the crosshairs and that worries me. You surely know how to get into a war, but you don’t know how or when to exit the military conflict.

    Thank you for your comments,


    1. Omar,
      I have ordered DVD named “The Fog of War” from Netflix which is about McNamara and I hope to view it in the next week or so.
      On last night’s news it was ominously scary to see the four US and the one British destroyers sitting right off the coast in the Mediterranean. I do not want us to go to war. This is an extremely volatile region.

  2. Hi Dee:

    Robert McNamara is an interesting character in American history. He did a wonderful job during the Kennedy administration. After JFK’s tragic death, McNamara lost his moral compass and made strategic and tactical mistakes in conducting the Vietnam war.

    His last days in office were very sad. The war wore him off. The same thing happened to LBJ who drank himself to death.

    P.D. You can view the video “The Fog of War” in YouTube by clicking here. It’s completely free.

    Enjoy your DVD,


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