February 5, 2013
February-05-13 11:35 AM
Soviets may have been thought to be friendlier..
- That was true, but they weren't getting weaker?
- Whether the Soviets were ahead or not (we know they weren't), it certainly
wasn't the case that the U.S. was seeing weakness.
- Soviets were actively supporting "revolutionaries" in Vietnam.
- China was watching closely!
○ Imperialism could simply destroy socialism.
○ Telling revolutionaries to seek a peaceful path to socialism is completely
○ Mao said imperialists aren't going to lay their butcher knives down and
- Yugoslavia was attacked.
○ It was alleged that Yugoslavia was supporting China?
○ In response, the Soviets attacked China's closest 'friend,' Albania.
- The U.S. did not see a split in the Communist movement.
○ They probably would have had a better outcome if they knew the Chinese
and Soviets were bickering.
○ The Cuban Missile Crisis was another reason the U.S. may not have
Cuban Missile Crisis
- Took place in October 1962 and was the closest the world got to nuclear war.
- Took place against the backdrop of growing tensions between the U.S. and the
- The presidential election in 1960 had a greater emphasis on foreign policy.
○ Cuba had been an area of concern ever since Castro overthrew the
- Batista was backed by the U.S., because he was a Communist.
○ Castro would overthrow Batista, and the U.S. believed he was pro-Soviet.
As it turns out, he was kind of a hero in Hollywood.
He was known as a liberator of his people,