It has been 50 years since the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a Cold War scholar at the University of Illinois says that’s significant. Ned O’Gorman, an associate professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is involved with the university’s Program for Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security. He has written a book called Spirits of the Cold War.
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“I don’t know to what degree the Obama Administration is directly reflecting on the lessons learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis,” says O’Gorman, “but they are following a pattern on dealing with Iran that is similar to the pattern that Kennedy chose; that is to say, rather than immediately resort to a military solution, they are putting pressures on Iran to try to bring them to diplomacy.” The Soviet Union stationed nuclear weapons in Cuba in October 1962, which some consider the closest the U.S. has come to nuclear war.