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November 22nd, 1963, 11:40AM, John F. Kennedy arrives at Dallas, Texas his presence is overwhelming, over a third of Dallas policeman are assigned to protect him from the parade of people that welcomed him. That day, Kennedy was expected to win over Dallas, Texas. Even though he had not formally announced his running for a second term, he was determined and confident about his chances for re-election. One of his aims for Texas was to bring democrats together. He was also aware of a small but vocal group of extremists were contributing to the political tensions in Texas and would most likely make their opinions known; particularly in Dallas. Nonetheless, John F. Kennedy was prepared to take on the U.S. 
There is reason to believe that Kennedy’s recent dealings with foreign countries did not satisfy Lee H. Oswald, giving him motive to assassinate the president of the United States. Now not too long before Kennedy’s assassination, the president was dealing with Cuba and the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union were in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff. This was due to the Soviet Union putting their nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores. It might sound like a random attack on the United States but, the Soviet Union had reason to arranging their missiles in Cuba. The U.S. attempted to overthrow the Castro regime in Cuba known as the Bay of Pigs invasion. The U.S. failed this invasion and in July 1962, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev made a secret agreement with Fidel Castro to place Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba to avoid any future invasion attempts. 
Construction of several missile sites began in the late summer of 1962, but during surveillance flights, the U.S. found evidence of Soviet military build-ups in Cuba. On September 4th, 1962, Kennedy issued a public warning against the weapons found in Cuba. Even though a warning was given, on October 14th a U.S. aircraft took several pictures showing sites of nuclear missiles under construction in Cuba. When these images were processed and presented to the White House the next day, it started the Cuban Missile Crisis. To consider options that would resolve this crisis, Kennedy called upon his closest advisors. Some advised the U.S. do an air strike to destroy the missiles, followed by an invasion of Cuba, while others favored stern warnings to Cuba and the Soviet Union. The President decided on an in-between. On October 22nd, he ordered a naval “quarantine” of Cuba. He cleverly declared this action as a “quarantine” and not a “blockade” because a blockade assumed a state of war existed. Using the word “quarantine” also allowed the U.S. to receive support of the Organization of American States.
In a TV address on October 22nd, 1962, President Kennedy notified Americans about the missiles, explained his decision to enact a naval “quarantine” around Cuba and clearly stated that  the U.S. was prepared to use military force if needed. After hearing this, people were afraid the world was on the brink of nuclear war. However, war was avoided when the U.S. agreed to Khrushchev’s offer to remove the Cuban missiles in exchange for the U.S. promising not to invade Cuba.

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