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But only mild.  

One thing to keep in mind about Cuba is that the USSR was putting nuclear missiles in Cuba as a response to the US putting nuclear missiles in Turkey--every bit as close to important parts of Russia as Cuba was to your spring vacation.  

Arguably Kruschev played his part well.  Nevertheless, from the embarrassment that came with the public showdown (though the US did take its missiles out of Turkey; that was part of the deal) Kruschev was forced by his colleagues to take an early retirement.  

On the other hand, you could say that he fared better than Kennedy, who, for his part in managing the affair, was rewarded with assassination just over a year later.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Wed Mar 14th, 2007 at 01:28:34 AM EST

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