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Cuba Out, New Cold War In?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Today one of the final chapters in the U.S.-Soviet Cold War comes nearer to a close with President Obama’s announcement that the United States and Cuba are opening embassies in each other’s country. America has been diplomatically estranged from Cuba for over 50 years since Communist dictator Fidel Castro came to power on the island 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

While the world lived under a constant threat of nuclear annihilation during the 45-year Cold War, perhaps the closest call came during the 1963 Cuban missile crisis when President John F. Kennedy stood up to and stopped Soviet efforts to install attack missiles on Cuba. It was Kennedy’s finest hour and a span of days that few Americans living then will ever forget.

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