Strategic Decision Making in the Cuban Missile Crisis Essay
In the end the Kennedy government decided to impose a naval blockade on Cuba, forcing all Soviet ships that were carrying offensive weapons to turn around. The blockade was the midpoint between inaction and attack, it gave the Soviets the last clear choice on whether there would be a military clash or not. The blockade also provided immediate superiority of the sea to the United States, so if there was to be any resistance from the Soviets, they would be ready. On October 22nd 1962, Kennedy gave his speech to the nation were he said “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... We are not at this time, however, denying the necessities of life as the Soviets attempted to do in their Berlin blockade of 1948” (The History Place).
This decision was selected after the Executive Committee carefully analysed the outcomes of possible alternatives. The decision to avoid