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  • You [may] Owe Your Life to This Man [by God's grace].

    03/27/2016 8:19:17 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 16 replies ^ | 03/25/2016 | Robert Krulwich
    Temperament matters...The world owes an enormous debt to a quiet, steady Russian naval officer... It’s October 1962, the height of the Cuban missile crisis, and there’s a Soviet submarine in the Caribbean that’s been spotted by the American Navy.. The sub is hiding in the ocean, and the Americans are dropping depth charges left and right of the hull. Inside, the sub is rocking, shaking with each new explosion. What the Americans don’t know is that this sub has a tactical nuclear torpedo on board, available to launch,... The Russian in question, an exhausted, nervous submarine commander named Valentin Savitsky,...
  • "The Biggest Defeat in Our Nation’s History!" (U.S. Military Chiefs on Democratic "Solution"

    10/31/2015 10:21:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | October 31, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you." (Frank Sinatra) Fairy tales certainly came true for Sinatra's chum John F. Kennedy. I refer to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 53 years ago this week. More specifically, I refer to the media/academia/Hollywood spin of the crisis, especially its outcome. Surely you know the tune: "JFK stood up to the Russians in Cuba! Khrushchevblinked, cowered, and took his missiles home with his tail between his legs! Ha-ha! Take THAT Russkies! That’s the kind of gumption we need today with Iran and Putin!" In fact, here was the consensus at the time...
  • Vasili Arkhipov – World Hero

    09/26/2015 5:58:54 PM PDT · by amorphous · 7 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | Sep 26, 2015 | Erico Matias Tavares
    You may have never heard of Vasili Arkhipov. And yet life as we know it on this planet could have ended if it were not for his crucial intervention during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Born in 1926, Arkhipov saw action as a minesweeper during the Soviet-Japanese war in August 1945. Two years later he graduated from the Caspian Higher Naval School, serving in the Black Sea and Baltic submarine fleets – just in time for the start of the Cold War, which would stay with him for the rest of his service. During the 1950s the Soviets became very...
  • Has World War III Already Begun?

    09/17/2014 11:58:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | September 17, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    While recently commemorating the World War I centenary at an Italian military cemetery, Pope Francis declared: "Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction." The pope's observation begs the question: If World War III has already started, would we even know it? Or would it only be evident in the rearview mirror? Ask 10 people you know to identify the thunderclap that started World War II. The answer would vary, depending on the perceptiveness of the person being asked and their geographic location....
  • Legendary aircraft carrier USS Saratoga to sail off to scrapyard in 1-cent deal

    05/09/2014 9:57:38 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 54 replies
    Fox ^ | May 09, 2014 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    The USS Saratoga — the legendary aircraft carrier that played a key role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam and Gulf wars and made Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi back down — is destined for dismantling after the Navy paid one penny to a Texas firm to recycle the 81,101-ton behemoth. The once-mighty vessel is the second of three conventionally-powered carriers to set to sail to the scrapyard, following another one-cent deal involving the USS Forrestal in October. ESCO Marine, of Brownsville, will pay to tow, dismantle and recycle the ship, which was decommissioned in 1994 after more than 38 years...
  • The Missiles of October, the Elections of November

    11/01/2013 1:46:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | November 1, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    "Mr President the American people are asking with new urgency: what is going on in Cuba?” On August 31st 1962 Senator Kenneth Keating (Republican, New York) was on the Senate floor prompted by reports of a huge and rapid deployment of Soviet troops and sophisticated arms to Cuba. “The President has said he has no evidence of Soviet troops in Cuba. If he has no evidence, I am giving him evidence this afternoon. Mr President, time is short. The situation is growing worse. I urge upon my government that prompt action be taken.” Fast-forward to October 10, 1962. “Why has...
  • How Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August influenced decision making during the Cuban Missile Crisis

    03/20/2012 10:28:47 AM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    Reviewing Barbara W. Tuchman: The Guns of August, The Proud Tower in the Times Literary Supplement recently, Robert Zaretsky noted that one of the ways to assess the aims and success of her 1962 Pulitzer prize–winning book is to consider “its influence on a man whose job it was to respond to present pressures: President Kennedy." Much has been made of the influence The Guns of August had on Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis—and for good reason. Kennedy himself made a point of referring repeatedly to the lessons of Tuchman’s book (which had been published just a few months...
  • Jackie O: MLK Was Terrible, FDR a Phony

    09/17/2011 6:05:50 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 95 replies · 1+ views ^ | 091711 | Cort Kirkwood
    The truth is out. The leading lady of liberal America between 1960 and her death in 1994, the standard setter of au courant women with her pillbox hats, bouffant hairstyle, and jet-set friends, the Guinevere to Camelot’s King Arthur himself, didn’t much care for lesbians and Martin Luther King and other leftist world leaders. The tapes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (shown as a young First Lady, left) are out, as The New American reported, and their first installment weeks ago revealed that she thought Vice President Lyndon Johnson, the most prodigious and successful election thief in American history, had a...
  • Details Emerge of Cold War Nuclear Threat by Cuba

    09/23/2009 8:05:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 641+ views ^ | Sept. 21, 2009 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    In the early 1980s, according to newly released documents, Fidel Castro was suggesting a Soviet nuclear strike against the United States, until Moscow dissuaded him by patiently explaining how the radioactive cloud resulting from such a strike would also devastate Cuba. The cold war was then in one of its chilliest phases. President Ronald Reagan had begun a trillion-dollar arms buildup, called the Soviet Union “an evil empire” and ordered scores of atomic detonations under the Nevada desert as a means of developing new arms. Some Reagan aides talked of fighting and winning a nuclear war. Dozens of books warned...
  • The Cuban Cruise Missile Crisis: Obama we had a Bomb Shelter and you Ain't no JFK

    03/19/2009 5:37:39 AM PDT · by theanchoragedailyruse · 5 replies · 395+ views
    It's a Kwazy Life ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2009 | Tom Lamb
    If this IS the talking point of the Pentagon under the Obama administration, then folks we are in for some serious problems. Just the headline should make you pause for a longtime on what is being said. Pentagon mocks Russian moves in Latin AmericaThe Obama administration may think it's funny to have the Pentagon come out with such statements, but from where the city of Nome is in relation to Russia, Cuba is just about the same distance form Florida. And I betcha, some people in Florida will be saying "is that a Russian bomber I can see from my...
  • Close Shots

    07/17/2008 4:32:56 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 67+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | July 11, 2008 | Rodric Braithwaite
    You would have thought that the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 had been picked over by historians, memoirists, political scientists, filmmakers, conference organizers and decision-making theorists, until there was absolutely nothing more to be said. But Michael Dobbs has ferreted in the files, and his riveting book "One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War," does succeed in casting new light on aspects of the story hitherto carved in unassailable historical stone. The Kennedy brothers did not abandon the hope of overthrowing Cuban leader Fidel Castro after the dismal failure of the attempted invasion...
  • In The Shadow of Bush (BDS in full bloom)

    01/20/2008 10:06:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 62+ views
    Newsweek ^ | January 28, 2008 Issue | Evan Thomas
    The president has left his party in a precarious state. But the GOP candidates running in the wake of his wreckage can learn much from his failures. We are all stars in the movies that play in our minds: not true-life stories, exactly, but life as we imagine it could or should be. Little imperfections are conveniently forgotten or smoothed over, messy relationships downplayed or deep-sixed. The future beckons brightly, even if the past was dark or dreary. This need to believe in an idealized self is especially strong in politicians. They must get up every day and sell a...
  • Putin Compares U.S. Missile Shield to Cuban Crisis

    10/26/2007 9:59:41 AM PDT · by zencat · 36 replies · 119+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/26/2007 | Reuters
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin drew a parallel on Friday between U.S. plans for a missile shield in Europe and the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, widely regarded as the closest the world came to nuclear war. "I would remind you how relations were developing in an analogous situation in the middle of the 1960s," he said when asked at a news conference about Washington's plans to station elements of a missile defense shield in eastern Europe.
  • President Bush is no JFK, Thank God

    10/19/2006 8:11:56 AM PDT · by slickeroo · 17 replies · 693+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 10/18/06 | Humberto Fontova
    President Bush Is No JFK, Thank God Humberto Fontova Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 Kim Jong-il's atomic blast has some conservative pundits reminiscing fondly over JFK. His response to Khrushchev and Castro exactly 44 Octobers ago, we're now given to understand, was positively Pattonesque. "Now that's deterrence," writes Charles Krauthammer in a syndicated column hailing JFK's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The column calls for "Kennedy-esque clarity" from President Bush and has been variously titled "Follow Kennedy's Lead to Deter North Korea," "We could use Kennedy's Clarity" and "It's Time for Real Deterrence." An article in National Review by Andrew...
  • Chavez, Ex-USSR: A New Axis?

    07/26/2006 1:17:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 51 replies · 1,367+ views
    IBD ^ | 7/25/2006
    Moscow's $1 billion sale of top-flight military aircraft to Venezuela's erratic dictator isn't just business. It's unfriendly to the U.S. and a sign of a revived Cold War. ... His latest recruit was Belarus, where he signed an "anti-U.S. pact" Monday with this Russian satellite, praising Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, who admits to having a soft spot for Stalin. "Our countries must keep their hands at the ready on the sword," Chavez said. ... There isn't any doubt Russia's $1 billion contract to sell Venezuela 30 Sukhoi jet aircraft and 33 helicopters will be trouble. ... All are perfect for...
  • How the Cuban Missile crisis really ended????

    03/06/2006 3:15:24 PM PST · by WorkinStiff · 21 replies · 558+ views
    I was talking to a co-worker who was a military jet pilot back in the 60s...He said that the Cuban missile Crisis really ended when JFK sent 2 or 3 B-58 Hustler bombers on a low level, under the radar, mission to buzz Moscow.He didn't say wheather it was night or day....He said that just before they buzzed the Kremlin JFK called Kruschev and told him to look out his window..Has anyone heard that before??? Does it sound plausable????The B-58 was a supersonic, delta winged, h-bomb carrying bomber which ate tremendous amounts of fuel and was very dangerous to fly....
  • The Real Story of JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis - (Excellent! New revelations!)

    07/20/2005 6:41:14 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 99 replies · 3,550+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | JULY 21, 2005 | Humberto Fontova
    "A more vital piece of U.S. history would be hard to find," gushed the Boston Globe last week about a new item in the Kennedy Library and Museum, a map of Cuba. The Library obtained it from the estate of Robert L. White, a collector who had earlier received it from JFK's late secretary, Evelyn Lincoln. "This map bears the marks of history," continues the Globe story, "a series of X marks in black ink, crosshatched east and west of Havana by President John F. Kennedy, and two foreboding words scrawled above them: 'missile sites.' This map was used by...
  • McNamara hits at 'very dangerous' US policy on Iran and N Korea (Barf Alert)

    06/28/2005 5:10:29 PM PDT · by CDB · 57 replies · 979+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | June 28, 2005 | Guy Dinmore and Demetri Sevastopulo
    Robert McNamara says he did not realise during the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 just how close the US and the Soviet Union came to nuclear war. Forty-three years later, the controversial former US defence secretary is more concerned than ever about the dangers of nuclear weapons. Sitting in his Washington office, the subject of The Fog of War - the Oscar-winning documentary about his views on the Vietnam war - cautions, in a rare interview, that he does not want to talk about Iraq. The 89-year-old Mr McNamara - who served under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson...
  • Castro falls, possibly breaking leg

    10/21/2004 12:28:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 134 replies · 2,503+ views
    CNN ^ | October 21, 2004 | CNN Havana Bureau Chief Lucia Newman
    HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- President Fidel Castro fell, possibly breaking his leg, after giving a graduation speech Wednesday in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. Sending a buzz through the crowd, the 78-year-old leader appeared to trip as he was walking away from the podium. In an effort to calm the crowd, Castro took the microphone after a few minutes, saying: "Just so that there won't be any speculation, it seems that I broke my knee." He apologized for any concerns he may have caused for those who care about him and then joked how his spill was likely...
  • Mr. Wonderful and The Bay Of Pigs

    04/14/2004 11:08:13 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 360+ views ^ | Apr. 14, 2004 | Humberto Fontova
    "The Republicans have allowed a communist dictatorship to flourish eight jet minutes from our borders! We must support anti-Castro fighters. So far these freedom fighters have received no help from our government." -- Democratic presidential candidate, Oct. 1960 "George Bush and the Republicans in Washington have run the most inept foreign policy in the modern history of this country! It has been a failure!" -- Democratic presidential Candidate, April 2004. No, friends, it didn't start with this campaign. Indeed, Kerry apes his idol (JFK) faithfully. Problem was, during the '60 presidential campaign Kennedy left out the sly smile, the shifty...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Cuban Missile Crisis (Oct-1962) - Mar. 4th, 2004

    03/04/2004 12:00:10 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 172 replies · 9,071+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Khrushchev Unplugged From the Middle East to Cuba

    09/14/2003 12:59:28 AM PDT · by the_greatest_country_ever · 8 replies · 316+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 14, 2003
    The New York Times WEEK IN REVIEW WORD FOR WORD Khrushchev Unplugged From the Middle East to Cubag FROM 1954 to 1965, a faceless bureaucrat named Vladimir Malin was the official note-taker at meetings of the leadership of the Soviet Union. His handwritten minutes, kept in a ledger like that used by Western accountants, were the holy grail of the Central Intelligence Agency's unsuccessful efforts to penetrate the Kremlin. They remained closed until last week, when they were released by archivists at the Russian State Archives of Contemporary History in Moscow.The documents reveal a troubled Presidium struggling to feed its...
  • Cuba’s REAL Rebels – and Dunces [timely, excellent]

    02/16/2003 10:10:39 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 19 replies · 376+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Feb. 15, 2003 | Humberto Fontova
    Cuba’s REAL Rebels – and DuncesHumberto FontovaSaturday, Feb. 15, 2003Mayor Ed Koch’s recent article jolted me from my seat. It reminded me that Kurt Waldheim was persona non grata in the U.S. because he’d been a Nazi functionary in the Balkans and either participated in or "had knowledge of" Nazi executions of partisans. Actually, that’s fine with me. Even before those revelations, Waldheim always struck me as a sleazy liar, an obfuscator and a rat. No wonder he rose so high so fast at the U.N. He was the perfect U.N. secretary-general. But let me get this straight: "Having knowledge"...