When the reconnaissance missions were re-approved on October 9, bad weather prevented the planes from flying. The United States first received U-2 photographic evidence of the missiles on October 14, when a U-2 flight led by Major Richard Heyser took 928 images on a route chosen by DIA analysts and images were taken at an SS-4 construction site in San Cristóbal, in the province of Pinar del Río (now in the province of Artemisa) in western Cuba. [44] Originally, however, it was a Shakespearean drama between two men. Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev and John Fitzgerald Kennedy made all the decisive decisions: the decisions that led to the crisis, the decisions that shaped the crisis, and the decisions that ended the crisis – peacefully. Fidel Castro played an important but decidedly secondary role. On the 24th. The crisis was virtually at an impasse. LeMay differed from Kennedy and McNamara in the basic idea of nuclear weapons. Going back to Tinian, LeMay thought that the use of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, while certainly greater than any other weapon used, was really not much different from other bombs.

He justified this by the fact that in his first arson attack on Tokyo five months earlier, many more people were killed than with a nuclear bomb. „The hypothesis seems to be that it is much worse to kill people with an atomic bomb than to kill people by smearing their heads with stones,“ he wrote in his memoirs. But McNamara and Kennedy realized that there was a big difference between two bombs in the hands of one nation in 1945 and the growing arsenals of several nations in 1962. At the time of the October Crisis of 1962, the total quantity of nuclear weapons in each country`s stockpiles was about 26,400 for the United States and 3,300 for the Soviet Union. At the height of the crisis, the United States had about 3,500 nuclear weapons ready, which can be used on command with a total yield of about 6,300 megatons. The Soviets had significantly lower strategic firepower (about 300 to 320 bombs and warheads) due to a lack of underwater weapons capable of threatening the United States.

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