Cuban Missile Crisis: October 19, 1962
|Speaker:||John F Kennedy|
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. United
States — Foreign relations — Soviet Union.
See resource for
October 18, 1962 for brief description of the Cuban Missile crisis and timeline
up to this date.
October 19: JFK meets with the secretary of defense, Robert McNamara, and
the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before leaving on a scheduled campaign
trip to Ohio and Illinois.
Summary of conversations:
Tape 31.2, October 19, 9:45 am: JFK discusses various military options and possible
Joint Chiefs chairman General Maxwell Taylor states that the JCS was initially agreed
JFK concludes that an air strike would give the USSR “a clear line” to take Berlin
JFK states that an air strike would neutralize the missiles but would likely force
Air Force chief of staff General Curtis LeMay, argues forcefully that the blockade
JFK cites the fact that nations automatically expel diplomats if their own diplomats
Several members of the JCS argue for military action and express fears that the