Cuban Missile Crisis: A Different Scenario

Time: October 1962

Soviet Premier: Nikita Kruschev

American President: Barack Obama

Situation Report 1:

The Soviet Union is transporting by sea several batteries of operational ballistic missiles to Cuba.

High Level Meeting:

Premier Kruschev assures President Obama that the missile emplacements are intended for defensive purposes alone. He cites possible armed aggression from the Cayman Islands, a noted belligerent, as an ongoing threat to a cherished ally of the USSR and a destabilizing factor in the Caribbean.

President Obama is impressed by Kruschev’s spirit of “pragmatism” but wrings significant concessions from his Soviet counterpart to the effect that these missiles will not be pointed at the United States but at the Cayman Islands and that they will be closely monitored by Cuban officials. In return for Soviet flexibility, the American base at Guantánamo Bay will be closed immediately.

Situation Report 2:

The missiles are in place. The bulk of the Soviet fleet sails undisturbed back to home port, leaving a cruiser, several destroyers, and an undisclosed number of nuclear submarines to patrol Cuban waters. The U.S. Navy has agreed to maintain a respectable distance from the Cuban coast and American commercial aviation will avoid the area entirely. As a gesture of goodwill and to demonstrate its peaceful intentions, the United States will permit the Soviet navy to carry out reconnaissance in the Gulf of Mexico. “We have nothing to hide,” the president said.