The Cuban Missile Crisis and Iran: Drawing Exactly the Wrong Lessons

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Oct. 24 2012 7:10 PM

The Cuban Missile Crisis and Iran: Drawing Exactly the Wrong Lessons

This week is the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and John Kennedy has been invoked by some as a role model for President Obama as he confronts the Iranian nuclear issue. Here historian Peter Kornbluh, who directs the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive, argues that some of these invocations are dangerously confused, based on a misunderstanding of how Kennedy handled the crisis.

You can watch the whole conversation on Bloggingheads.tv.

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