In a conversation with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer, the National Security Archive analyst reveals what recently declassified documents tell us about Cuba, JFK and Che Guevara. [Transcript added.]
John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev avoided nuclear war in 1962. Whether Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will do so remains a question.
In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Russia's president explains his own perspective—which contrasts with what the American people have been allowed to hear.
An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Edvard Munch’s painting has become trivialized and the 1962 crisis largely forgotten, but the possible Armageddon they both evoke remains a very real threat.By James G. Blight and janet M. Lang
Fifty years after the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, and more than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, the US and Russian nuclear confrontation continues Each nation still keeps a total of about 800 ICBMs at launch-ready status, ready to be fired on a few minutes' warningWith approximately 1,700 nukes at launch-ready status 50 years after the Cuban missile crisis, it is naive to assume that Russia and the U will never again be in a military confrontation.
In 1962, nuclear war with the Soviet Union was avoided by Khrushchev’s willingness to accept that the U.S. effectively owns the world by right and may deploy massive offensive force against those who even think of deterring the benign global hegemon. But we can hardly count on such sanity forever.
On Friday night, not long after Russian President Vladimir Putin invoked the historical specter of the Cuban missile crisis in reference to President Bush's planned missile shield in Europe, the U.S. successfully carried out another missile defense test off the coast of Kauai.