Yingyang wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:29 am
I thought it was gravity bombs. Not missiles.
Yes that is what we might have there now, B-61 Gravity bombs. During the Cuban Missile Crisis we offered to remove our old Jupiter missiles from Turkey if they pulled their missiles out of Cuba. The offer worked and we didn't have to incinerate Cuba. Would the Soviets have retaliated against CONUS, probably not. Better to hold on to your country than to lose it all.
My 7 th grade school teacher was a radar tech on one of the destroyers in that blockade. They were all ready to fight but terrified they were sitting ducks with the Soviet premier and Castro being lunatics in their eyes.
The scary thing is they had a lot of hidden nuclear missiles ready to fire and we only thought they had a few that would be ready by a certain time. Had the US did anything but an overwhelming sneak attack that decapitated them, they would have shot back from Cuba at Florida and the rest of the bases all the way up to D.C.