Graham Allison on the Cuban Missile Crisis and RFK’s papers

Fifty years after Cuban missile crisis: closer than you thought to World War III
By Graham Allison
The Christian Science Monitor

“Robert Kennedy’s writings make vivid how close we came to the brink of war. Had President Kennedy been forced to choose a response in the first 48 hours after an American spy plane discovered the Soviets sneaking nuclear-tipped missiles into Cuba, RFK had no doubt that his brother would have chosen an air strike against the missile sites, followed by an invasion. As he wrote in his notes while discussing this option, ‘if we go in, we go in hard.'”

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Allison was also interviewed on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on October 14, 2012 and on CBS’ “This Morning” on October 15, 2012.

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