EXCOMM 1-4 - Tom Ulricson, James Shovers, Charlie Mitch, Mahin Khan:

DAYS 1-3 Tuesday, October 16 to Thursday, October 18

John F. Kennedy, the President of the U.S., has been presented with photographic evidence of Soviet missile launchers located on the island of Cuba, 90 miles from The United States. The launchers can be fitted with nuclear warheads for offensive strikes on U.S. sites as far away as Montana. You are members of EXCOMM, the group that will advise JFK throughout the ordeal.
You discuss many possible responses to the Soviet presence in Cuba - an air strike, an invasion of mainland Cuba, a naval blockade, a diplomatic protest, and other ideas. You all realize that the decision that you make will be extremely crucial for the peace safety of your country and the world in general. After discussing all of the possible options, what do you advise President Kennedy to do, and why?
We think that we should have a naval blockade on the
east and west sides of Cuba, we should also point missles
towards Cuba, to scare them out of using their weapons.
They had a quarantine, or a naval blockade.

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DAY 4 Friday, October 19

The Washington Press Corps has caught on to the important meetings taking place at the White House and are pushing for more information. How do you suggest the President should respond to all of the inquiries about what's going on?
We shouldn't tell the press anything because there could be mass hysteria.
We will ignore them.
They sent Kennedy to Chicago and then they sent him home, acting like he was sick. So they lied to the press.

DAY 5-6 Saturday, October 20-Sunday, October 21

The US military has been placed on full alert, and American allies have been notified that there is some serious trouble brewing with the Soviets. Congress, which is on recess, has been alerted and party leaders are aware of the situation. Nearly 200,000 American troops are moved to Key West, Florida - the largest invasion force ever assembled on American soil.

DAY 7 Monday, October 22

The President has signed an executive order enforcing the blockade, but the the American public has still not been informed of the mounting situation with the Soviets and Cubans. Do you suggest that JFK address the public? If so, how much information should be released to the American people?

He should tell the American people that they have blockaded Cuba
because they were pointing Soviet missles towards us. We will tell
our great nation that it is all under control.
He told them about the missles and everything, but if missles were fired, it would be seen
as a soviet attack on US. We would attack them back.
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DAYS 8-9 Tuesday, October 23 - Wednesday, October 24

The US quarantine is put into effect, and Cuba bulks up its military along the coasts in preparation for a possible invasion. Cuba calls the U.S. a bully in the United Nations, and Moscow accuses the U.S. of piracy.
There is information that the Soviet ships in the Caribbean are being shadowed by Soviet submarines. A Soviet ship approaches the quarantine line and attempts to break through the quarantine. What course of action to you suggest in dealing with the ship?
We would let the ship pass through as to not
start war.

You also have evidence that the Soviets are installing actual weapons in the Cuban missile sites that will be able to fire on the U.S. in a matter of days. Your decision is now a matter of peace or war. What is your suggested course for the President - fire weapons on the existing missile sites, set an ultimatum for removal of the missiles, destroy Soviet ships in the Caribbean, send troops to Cuba, move nuclear subs toward the USSR, or attempt any further means of peaceful diplomacy?

DAYS 10-12 Thursday, October 25 - Saturday, October 27

Proceedings are becoming heated at the United Nations. The U.S. openly challenges USSR at the United Nations, without getting a desired response. Tensions remain high between the two countries. The United States military forces are set at DEFCON-2 - the highest in history. Want to see clips of the UN discussion?
Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet premier, has made two offers to Presdient Kennedy. The first is to remove the missiles from Cuba in exchange for no American invasion of Cuba, and the second demands U.S. removal of missiles from Turkey in return for the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba. In the meantime, an American U-2 spy plane has been shot down over Cuba. What do you suggest the President should do in this situation - accept either of the offers, make a counter offer, or demand immediate removal or else troops and weapons will be deployed?

DAY 13 Sunday, October 28

What is the result of the Cuban Missile Crisis? What impact does the crisis have on the Cold War and the relationship between the US and the USSR?