The Cuban Missile Crisis ended 50 years to the day on Sunday. There are still debates about the historical record, still attempts to gain full access to materials, and still disagreements about the consequences of when the US and USSR went to the brink over nuclear missiles and the small, relatively insignificant island. But the crisis mattered; its impact is influential as it relates to US policy towards nuclear ambitions in Iran or North Korea today. The focus on lessons learned, the complicated game of mental chess between key players in the struggle, may be premature.
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