I certainly can't add much to your well-said comments. But I'd like to point out just how remarkable Kennedy really was. In spite of all the "war-mongering" advice by his Chief of Staff, the Generals of his Joint Chief of Staff, his Cabinet, his ExComm's(14 hand-picked advisers), and even the risk of a public opinion backlash, Kennedy chose to guaranine (blockade) Cuba. To be fair, he initially agreed that the missiles should be bombed, and that Cuba should be invaded. But a week later he changed his mind. He trusted his logic, and not the self-serving emotions of others.That seems rather fanciful. Look, the erstwhile Soviet Union tried to join NATO. Before Putin. Of course, it was seen by NATO as a way by the Soviets to neutralize the alliance in much the same way the West was being frustrated by the Soviets in the UN security council. The Soviets,however, saw it as a way of maintaining world peace. NATO rejected the overture. Shortly after the Warsaw Pact was formed.
When Putin took over sometime after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he did see Russia as a European country and wanted to join. NATO, euphoric from the fall of the Berlin war, did not see Russia as an equal, thought they had the Russians on the run, and contemptuously told him to join the queue. NATO's raison d'etre was the Soviets and is Russia. You could hardly have the "enemy" upon which your existence predicated, join.
The US has since the WW2 had it's intent fixed on rolling the Soviets and Russia. And NATO is a US sock. The US has been trying to encircle Russia much the same way as they've done to China. It's no secret. And they've been constantly upping the ante. Russia had been telling them to knock it off and for a long time had been seeking a new mutually beneficial security deal. That wasn't in US/ NATO DNA.
They've been knocking Russia from pillar to post with their aggressive expansion. They tried to get Georgia on board. Right at the Russian doorstep. Russia told them to back-off. Did they listen, no. They supported and incited a colour revolution to install a Western friendly leader in the Ukraine.
The West knew it was causing trouble by moving to take the Ukraine into its sphere. There are communiques documenting that. The Ukraine was Russia's Cuba.
And look what the Americans did there. So intolerable was it that they had Soviet missiles on their doorstep, and whilst overlooking the fact that they had first placed missiles in Turkey, threatened to engulf the world in a nuclear holocaust.
The West is using Ukraine as a battering ram against Russia. The Russians had warned and warned and it all fell on deaf , hegemonic ears.
And here we are today. If the West co-operated this shit show in the Ukraine could have been averted.
This petulant, crazy, Soviet resurrecting Putin theory, imho, just doesn't stack up against real world events. It's more like the West (US) wanting undisputed, unchallenged world domination.
He was truly a remarkable leader during this nuclear crisis. He was the only one to question WHY Russia was doing this in the first place. I loved what Kennedy said to his aid about those "brass hats"(generals),
“These brass hats have one great advantage in their favor,” President Kennedy sardonically remarked to his aide Dave Powers: “If we listen to them and do what they want us to do, none of us will be alive later to tell them that they were wrong.”.
Of course they WERE wrong. Khrushchev's deal with the US, was that if the US remove all of its nuclear missiles from Turkey, and to NOT invade Cuba, that he would remove all Russian missiles from Cuba. Crisis averted, and millions of lives saved. Also to note, that if the US had invaded Cuba, it would have been a massacre. Their intelligence said, that there were only 10K Russian troops there. But there were 43K. Kennedy was a true Presidential leader. And a cardinal example of what true leadership looks like. Wonder what decisions a Conservative Republican president might have made? John Wayne comes to mind. And, !