You nailed it.
Now it remains to be seen if this is too "abstract" for the man in the street to get outraged about. I would bet it is.
It would take an actual nuclear attack to make most people worry.
You can bet there will far less outrage than there would have been if Kennedy had been overhead demanding Khruschev "give him space until after the elections".
Americans have lost their sense of self-preservation (along with their freedoms).