This segment includes portions of President Kennedy’s speech to the American public on October 22, 1962. When the speech is announced Khrushchev and his advisors realize that their secret deployment of missiles is no longer secret; they suspect an invasion or attack will be announced and that war is imminent. Kennedy announces the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba, describes the quarantine and eludes to the fact that the United States will retaliate against the Soviet union if any missile from Cuba is fired. This is widely referred to as the scariest speech in American history.
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