Cuban Missile Crisis: October 24, 1962 – part 3

Speaker: John F Kennedy
Delivered On: 10/24/1962
Place: Washington, D.C.
Subject: Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. United
States — Foreign relations — Soviet Union.
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Description: See resource for
October 18, 1962
for brief description of the Cuban Missile crisis and previous
clips in this series for timeline events up to this date.
Summary of conversations:

Tape 36.3, October 24, 10:00 am: Continued review of the impact of latest intelligence
on thequarantine, world reaction, negotiations at the UN and possible developments
on the high seas and in Berlin:

Detailed briefing on new reconnaissance photos from Cuba [6:55] and discussion of
the need to disperse planes at Florida bases in the event of attacks by MIGs based
in Cuba. [14:30]

McNamara talks of a very dangerous situation since ships approaching the quarantine
line are being shadowed by a Soviet submarine. [19:19]

JFK questions what will happen if a US destroyer tries to board and search a ship
and is then sunk by a Soviet submarine. [21:50] Kennedy then says “I think we ought
to wait on that [boarding] today. We don’t want to have the first thing we attack
is a Soviet sub. I’d much rather have a merchant ship.” [25:09]

JFK recommends placing Russian-speaking personnel on all ships at the quarantine
line and is told by Bundy and McNamara that it is already being done. [27:48]

General Maxwell Taylor reviews the latest intelligence which suggests that many
Soviet ships are turning around. JFK responds: “It seems to me we want to give that
ship a chance to turn around. We don `t want the word to go out from Moscow to turn
around and then suddenly we sink their ship. So I would think we ought…to wait
to see if the ship continues on its course in view of this other intelligence.”

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