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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/10/2017 07:12 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/10/2017 07:12 PM
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President John F. Kennedy's Cuban Missile Crisis Speech in Text & Video

Washington, DC...The following is the complete Cuban Missile Crisis speech delivered by President John F. Kennedy on October 22, 1962. We believe that sometimes it is a good thing to look back in history and see how we dealt with situations that have parallels to our own. We played this in its's entirety during our news program this morning...

Good evening my fellow citizens: This Government, as promised, has maintained the closest surveillance of the Soviet Military buildup on the island of Cuba. Within the past week, unmistakable evidence has established the fact that a series of offensive missile sites is now in preparation on that imprisoned island. The purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide a nuclear strike capability against the Western Hemisphere.

Upon receiving the first preliminary hard information of this nature last Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., I directed that our surveillance be stepped up. And having now confirmed and completed our evaluation of the evidence and our decision on a course of action, this Government feels obliged to report this new crisis to you in fullest detail.

The characteristics of these new missile sites indicate two distinct types of installations. Several of them include medium range ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead for a distance of more than 1,000 nautical miles. Each of these missiles, in short, is capable of striking Washington, D.C., the Panama Canal, Cape Canaveral, Mexico City, or any other city in the southeastern part of the United States, in Central America, or in the Caribbean area.

Additional sites not yet completed appear to be designed for intermediate range ballistic missiles--capable of traveling more than twice as far--and thus capable of striking most of the major cities in the Western Hemisphere, ranging as far north as Hudson Bay, Canada, and as far south as Lima, Peru. In addition, jet bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, are now being uncrated and assembled in Cuba, while the necessary air bases are being prepared.

This urgent transformation of Cuba into an important strategic base--by the presence of these large, long range, and clearly offensive weapons of sudden mass destruction--constitutes an explicit threat to the peace and security of all the Americas, in flagrant and deliberate defiance of the Rio Pact of 1947, the traditions of this Nation and hemisphere, the joint resolution of the 87th Congress, the Charter of the United Nations, and my own public warnings to the Soviets on September 4 and 13. This action also contradicts the repeated assurances of Soviet spokesmen, both publicly and privately delivered, that the arms buildup in Cuba would retain its original defensive character, and that the Soviet Union had no need or desire to station strategic missiles on the territory of any other nation.

The size of this undertaking makes clear that it has been planned for some months. Yet only last month, after I had made clear the distinction between any introduction of ground-to-ground missiles and the existence of defensive antiaircraft missiles, the Soviet Government publicly stated on September 11, and I quote, "the armaments and military equipment sent to Cuba are designed exclusively for defensive purposes," that, and I quote the Soviet Government, "there is no need for the Soviet Government to shift its weapons . . . for a retaliatory blow to any other country, for instance Cuba," and that, and I quote their government, "the Soviet Union has so powerful rockets to carry these nuclear warheads that there is no need to search for sites for them beyond the boundaries of the Soviet Union." That statement was false.

Only last Thursday, as evidence of this rapid offensive buildup was already in my hand, Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko told me in my office that he was instructed to make it clear once again, as he said his government had already done, that Soviet assistance to Cuba, and I quote, "pursued solely the purpose of contributing to the the defense capabilities of Cuba," that, and I quote him, "training by Soviet specialists of Cuban nationals in handling defensive armaments was by no means offensive, and if it were otherwise," Mr. Gromyko went on, "the Soviet Government would never become involved in rendering such assistance." That statement also was false.

Neither the United States of America nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small. We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation's security to constitute maximum peril. Nuclear weapons are so destructive and ballistic missiles are so swift, that any substantially increased possibility of their use or any sudden change in their deployment may well be regarded as a definite threat to peace.

For many years both the Soviet Union and the United States, recognizing this fact, have deployed strategic nuclear weapons with great care, never upsetting the precarious status quo which insured that these weapons would not be used in the absence of some vital challenge. Our own strategic missiles have never been transferred to the territory of any other nation under a cloak of secrecy and deception; and our history--unlike that of the Soviets since the end of World War II--demonstrates that we have no desire to dominate or conquer any other nation or impose our system upon its people. Nevertheless, American citizens have become adjusted to living daily on the Bull's-eye of Soviet missiles located inside the U.S.S.R. or in submarines.

In that sense, missiles in Cuba add to an already clear and present danger--although it should be noted the nations of Latin America have never previously been subjected to a potential nuclear threat.

But this secret, swift, and extraordinary buildup of Communist missiles--in an area well known to have a special and historical relationship to the United States and the nations of the Western Hemisphere, in violation of Soviet assurances, and in defiance of American and hemispheric policy--this sudden, clandestine decision to station strategic weapons for the first time outside of Soviet soil--is a deliberately provocative and unjustified change in the status quo which cannot be accepted by this country, if our courage and our commitments are ever to be trusted again by either friend or foe.

The 1930's taught us a clear lesson: aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged ultimately leads to war. This nation is opposed to war. We are also true to our word. Our unswerving objective, therefore, must be to prevent the use of these missiles against this or any other country, and to secure their withdrawal or elimination from the Western Hemisphere.

Our policy has been one of patience and restraint, as befits a peaceful and powerful nation, which leads a worldwide alliance. We have been determined not to be diverted from our central concerns by mere irritants and fanatics. But now further action is required--and it is under way; and these actions may only be the beginning. We will not prematurely or unnecessarily risk the costs of worldwide nuclear war in which even the fruits of victory would be ashes in our mouth--but neither will we shrink from that risk at any time it must be faced.

Acting, therefore, in the defense of our own security and of the entire Western Hemisphere, and under the authority entrusted to me by the Constitution as endorsed by the resolution of the Congress, I have directed that the following initial steps be taken immediately:

First: To halt this offensive buildup, a strict quarantine on all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba is being initiated. All ships of any kind bound for Cuba from whatever nation or port will, if found to contain cargoes of offensive weapons, be turned back. This quarantine will be extended, if needed, to other types of cargo and carriers. We are not at this time, however, denying the necessities of life as the Soviets attempted to do in their Berlin blockade of 1948.

Second: I have directed the continued and increased close surveillance of Cuba and its military buildup. The foreign ministers of the OAS, in their communique of October 6, rejected secrecy in such matters in this hemisphere. Should these offensive military preparations continue, thus increasing the threat to the hemisphere, further action will be justified. I have directed the Armed Forces to prepare for any eventualities; and I trust that in the interest of both the Cuban people and the Soviet technicians at the sites, the hazards to all concerned in continuing this threat will be recognized.

Third: It shall be the policy of this Nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union.

Fourth: As a necessary military precaution, I have reinforced our base at Guantanamo, evacuated today the dependents of our personnel there, and ordered additional military units to be on a standby alert basis.

Fifth: We are calling tonight for an immediate meeting of the Organ of Consultation under the Organization of American States, to consider this threat to hemispheric security and to invoke articles 6 and 8 of the Rio Treaty in support of all necessary action. The United Nations Charter allows for regional security arrangements--and the nations of this hemisphere decided long ago against the military presence of outside powers. Our other allies around the world have also been alerted.

Sixth: Under the Charter of the United Nations, we are asking tonight that an emergency meeting of the Security Council be convoked without delay to take action against this latest Soviet threat to world peace. Our resolution will call for the prompt dismantling and withdrawal of all offensive weapons in Cuba, under the supervision of U.N. observers, before the quarantine can be lifted.

Seventh and finally: I call upon Chairman Khrushchev to halt and eliminate this clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace and to stable relations between our two nations. I call upon him further to abandon this course of world domination, and to join in an historic effort to end the perilous arms race and to transform the history of man. He has an opportunity now to move the world back from the abyss of destruction--by returning to his government's own words that it had no need to station missiles outside its own territory, and withdrawing these weapons from Cuba--by refraining from any action which will widen or deepen the present crisis--and then by participating in a search for peaceful and permanent solutions.

This Nation is prepared to present its case against the Soviet threat to peace, and our own proposals for a peaceful world, at any time and in any forum--in the OAS, in the United Nations, or in any other meeting that could be useful--without limiting our freedom of action. We have in the past made strenuous efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons. We have proposed the elimination of all arms and military bases in a fair and effective disarmament treaty. We are prepared to discuss new proposals for the removal of tensions on both sides--including the possibility of a genuinely independent Cuba, free to determine its own destiny. We have no wish to war with the Soviet Union--for we are a peaceful people who desire to live in peace with all other peoples.

But it is difficult to settle or even discuss these problems in an atmosphere of intimidation. That is why this latest Soviet threat--or any other threat which is made either independently or in response to our actions this week--must and will be met with determination. Any hostile move anywhere in the world against the safety and freedom of peoples to whom we are committed--including in particular the brave people of West Berlin--will be met by whatever action is needed.

Finally, I want to say a few words to the captive people of Cuba, to whom this speech is being directly carried by special radio facilities. I speak to you as a friend, as one who knows of your deep attachment to your fatherland, as one who shares your aspirations for liberty and justice for all. And I have watched and the American people have watched with deep sorrow how your nationalist revolution was betrayed-- and how your fatherland fell under foreign domination. Now your leaders are no longer Cuban leaders inspired by Cuban ideals. They are puppets and agents of an international conspiracy which has turned Cuba against your friends and neighbors in the Americas--and turned it into the first Latin American country to become a target for nuclear war--the first Latin American country to have these weapons on its soil.

These new weapons are not in your interest. They contribute nothing to your peace and well-being. They can only undermine it. But this country has no wish to cause you to suffer or to impose any system upon you. We know that your lives and land are being used as pawns by those who deny your freedom.

Many times in the past, the Cuban people have risen to throw out tyrants who destroyed their liberty. And I have no doubt that most Cubans today look forward to the time when they will be truly free--free from foreign domination, free to choose their own leaders, free to select their own system, free to own their own land, free to speak and write and worship without fear or degradation. And then shall Cuba be welcomed back to the society of free nations and to the associations of this hemisphere.

My fellow citizens: let no one doubt that this is a difficult and dangerous effort on which we have set out. No one can see precisely what course it will take or what costs or casualties will be incurred. Many months of sacrifice and self-discipline lie ahead--months in which our patience and our will will be tested--months in which many threats and denunciations will keep us aware of our dangers. But the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.

The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are--but it is the one most consistent with our character and courage as a nation and our commitments around the world. The cost of freedom is always high--and Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission.

Our goal is not the victory of might, but the vindication of right- -not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere, and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved.

Thank you and good night.


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Posted on: 2017-08-10 19:50:02   By: Anonymous
This was a president who had good sense and a good sense of diplomacy. Totally contrary to the "one" we are enduring today, who loves to keep the turmoil going!!!

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    Posted on: 2017-08-10 19:52:04   By: Anonymous
    They don't make Democrats like President John F. Kennedy anymore. Kennedy was a patriot.
    Thankfully we have President Trump, another patriot that is strong in leadership for this great nation.

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      Re: Making America GREAT Again!
      Posted on: 2017-08-10 19:53:31   By: Anonymous
      ‘Maybe it Wasn’t Tough Enough’ — Donald Trump Doubles Down on ‘Fire and Fury’ North Korea Statement
      by CHARLIE SPIERING 10 Aug 2017

      President Donald Trump defied political and media critics of his “fire and fury” warning to North Korea, suggesting that perhaps it wasn’t a tough enough statement.
      “Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough?” Trump asked reporters during a brief press conference at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “Maybe it wasn’t tough enough.”

      Trump repeated his frustration with politicians failing to address the North Korea threat, vowing strength and resolve in the negotiations.

      “What’s tougher than fire and fury?” one reporter asked.

      “You’ll see. You’ll see,” Trump replied.

      This kind of rhetoric reminds me of JFK threatening the Soviets during the Cuban missile crisis or Harry Truman warning the Japanese before Nuking them, or Ronald Reagan staring down the Soviets.
      Grateful to have a Real Leader for President again.

      Thank you President Trump for making America great again.

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        Re: Making America GREAT Again!
        Posted on: 2017-08-10 22:35:37   By: Anonymous
        It's amusing that you would think this kind of rhetoric was anything like that of JFK. In the eye of the beholder, I guess.

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          Re: Making America GREAT Again!
          Posted on: 2017-08-11 11:36:22   By: Anonymous
          Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
          Friday, August 11, 2017

          The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.
          A week ago, only 39% approved of the job Trump is doing.

          A month ago, 45% of voters said the United States should use military force to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

          With the stock market continuing to reach all-time highs and unemployment at its lowest level in years, consumers aren’t just feeling better about the economy and their own personal finances. They’re starting to feel better about spending, too.

          Thank you President Trump for Making America Great Again.

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            Re: Making America GREAT Again!
            Posted on: 2017-08-11 16:25:47   By: Anonymous
            I took a psychology class and learned about how polls are taken to manipulate statistics. These days statistics don't mean anything. Polls are taken to a biased audience. If you took the poll on a fox news website, it would favor trump. If you took the poll on msnbc it would oppose him.

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              Re: Making America GREAT Again!
              Posted on: 2017-08-11 19:29:04   By: Anonymous
              The Rasmussen Reports is considered the gold standard for polling data.
              But then, your psychology class may have removed your ability to discern reality..

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      Posted on: 2017-08-10 19:57:14   By: Anonymous
      It is delusional to think trump is great or competent. Trump has a sick psyche. Not my words but the words of a fmr. Republican Senator.

      Trump is pouring gas on a campfire, and could create a wildfire that could kill millions. Not my words, the words of a former GOP Senator.

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        Posted on: 2017-08-10 20:04:16   By: Anonymous
        Which fmr. Republican Senator?

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          Re: VERY DIFFERENT
          Posted on: 2017-08-11 08:26:25   By: Anonymous
          GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey, NH

          He also said congress should start trump removal proceedings

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            President Trump is a Hero
            Posted on: 2017-08-11 11:42:34   By: Anonymous
            Corporate America Is Having Its Best Earnings Season in 13 Years
            By Jack Kaskey
            August 11, 2017, 2:00 AM PDT

            Strengthening global economies and weaker dollar fuel gains
            Almost 80% of the S&P 500 have topped earnings estimates

            Overseas demand is driving the best earnings season for U.S. companies in 13 years, with top executives from Dow Chemical Co. to Morgan Stanley citing rising foreign sales, a dynamic that should help propel gains in the second half.

            “Growth was particularly strong in key regions of North America and Europe, where we grew sales greater than twice GDP, as well as throughout Asia-Pacific,” Dow Chief Executive Officer Andrew Liveris said on a conference call to discuss quarterly profit of $1.3 billion, which surpassed analysts’ expectations.

            Of the 454 companies in the S&P 500 that have so far reported second-quarter results, 68 percent have beaten analysts’ average estimates for revenue and 78 percent have topped per-share earnings expectations, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Earnings rose an average of 9.8 percent, while sales have climbed 5.5 percent.

            The quarter is on pace to post the highest number of S&P 500 companies beating sales estimates in 13 years, according to an Aug. 7 note from Bank of America equity strategists. Earnings beats also are the highest since 2004, they said.

            President Trump, Making America Great Again!

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      Posted on: 2017-08-11 16:21:00   By: Anonymous
      a president that tweets, in place of long and eloquent speeches.

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    Posted on: 2017-08-11 05:15:19   By: Anonymous
    Trump reminds me of Hillary's ass licker we have here.

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    Posted on: 2017-08-11 05:28:57   By: Anonymous
    Sounds like President Kennedy (my favorite President) would of fired missiles at N Korea if he were in Trump's shoes before it got this far. Too bad President Obama did nothing but pass on this mess to the next administration.
    Oh well, anyone wanna go hit the bar today at lunch? Maybe grab something to eat so we don't get too drunk that we can't do our assigned work? Come on, you only live once.

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    Posted on: 2017-08-11 05:36:51   By: Anonymous
    You have to remember on August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home so President Kennedy wasn't tapping that anymore and was in a pissy mood ever since.

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    Posted on: 2017-08-11 05:39:26   By: Anonymous
    Cost of Living 1962
    How Much things cost in 1962
    Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.20%
    Yearly Inflation Rate UK 3.6%
    Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 652
    Average Cost of new house $12,500.00
    Average Income per year $5,556.00
    Average monthly rent $110.00 per month
    Tuition to Harvard University $1,520.00
    All Wheel Drive Scout off road $2,150.00
    Renault Imported car $1,395.00
    Average Cost of a new car $3,125.00
    Eggs per dozen 32 cents
    Gas per Gallon 28 cents
    Factory Workers Average Take Home Pay with 3 dependents $94.87
    -- Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
    Average House Price 2,950 New Ford Cortina 591

    Those were the days my friend, we thought that they never end....

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      Posted on: 2017-08-11 16:29:17   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2017-08-11 08:37:54   By: Anonymous
    Thank You John -- Very Appropriate to remind all Americans of how vigilant we once were and how important it is for peace that we remain strong and a Force for Good!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-10 22:34:39   By: Anonymous
Please don't anyone even begin to compare JFK with our current president. He was educated, an incredible speaker and understood how to project power without being a bully.

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    Posted on: 2017-08-11 01:20:10   By: Anonymous
    That's racist.

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      Posted on: 2017-08-11 07:41:47   By: Anonymous
      And you're a twat.

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        Posted on: 2017-08-11 21:12:59   By: Anonymous
        JFK loved twat....any shape or form....what a guy.

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    Posted on: 2017-08-11 07:43:20   By: Anonymous
    Plus he had good taste in many, many women & extra marital affairs. No wonder he had a bad back.

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    Posted on: 2017-08-11 11:32:42   By: Anonymous
    You are right about that. JFK understood the volatility and danger of the Cuban missile crisis and he worked hard to understand the Russian and Cuban positions, capabilities, vulnerabilities and the consequences of possible actions he could take.

    Trump has neither the interest nor the mental capacity to do any of that. Instead he fires off ill-considered tweets and off-the-cuff remarks at a press conference. We are witnessing the complete opposite of a JFK-type of crisis management.

    In the Cuban missile crisis we may have had the best possible person calling the shots (no pun intended). In this crisis I believe we have the worst possible person. We can only hope Trump's team can both develop a solution and prevent Trump from screwing up whatever solution they come up with.

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    Re: Twins
    Posted on: 2017-08-12 05:49:25   By: Anonymous
    OMG That was amazing! JFK and Trump look and act like twins. I was thinking of the movie Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito who were separated at birth.

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Scary Times
Posted on: 2017-08-11 09:08:18   By: Anonymous
I remember how I felt doing air raid drills, weekly, in school.
Pull our sweaters over our heads and get under our desks.
The nuns would try and calm us saying it was only a drill.
But then going home and seeing Walter Cronkite on the
black and white t.v. speaking in such a serious manner,
I knew something was going on. I didn't understand it
but I knew it could be really bad if it happened.
Now, 55+ years later, I understand it all and if this
saber rattling doesn't stop some idiot is going to push the red button.
The question is who will be that idiot?
Our president is acting like a school yard bull. Can't anyone
stop him from saying anymore?
JFK was my hero and the day he died is emblazoned in my heart and memory for ever.

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    Re: Scary Times
    Posted on: 2017-08-11 09:11:07   By: Anonymous
    bull or bully, both work.

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      Re: Scary Times
      Posted on: 2017-08-11 10:26:21   By: Anonymous
      Nuke them... Nuke them all...

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        Re: Scary Times
        Posted on: 2017-08-11 12:24:58   By: Anonymous

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          Loose Lips
          Posted on: 2017-08-11 13:53:25   By: Anonymous
          Loose Lips sink ships.
          Loose talk causes conflicts.
          Dump is a naive narcissistic sociopath.
          He does not care about America, only his ego.

          Dump is an ill little boy, those who support him are like enabling a tragedy.

          Wake Up shut off NRA , Fox Tv , hate radio.
          Alt Reich propaganda, not fact based truth.

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            Re: Loose Lips
            Posted on: 2017-08-11 19:31:58   By: Anonymous
            Maxine Waters!.... Is dat YOU?

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            Re: Loose Lips,
            Posted on: 2017-08-13 02:10:40   By: Anonymous
            NPR smells like tinkle.

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