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Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons for Obama and Romney


While foreign policy will dominate the final presidential debate, let us not forget the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It happened 50 years ago this month, October 16-28, 1962.

If you share my age, or perhaps if you're older than me, you'll likely remember how you reacted when President Kennedy informed the nation that Soviet offensive missiles were discovered in Cuba just 90 miles from Florida.

I remember sharing my parent's concerns for the safety of some of our relatives who lived in Miami.

"What's a Russia? What's a Cuba?" I asked.

"They're America's enemies--countries that don't like the United States or the freedoms that we enjoy," my parents explained.

 The nation held its breath as the crisis unfolded.

President Kennedy implemented a naval blockade of Cuba, but he also used tough talk, along with quiet diplomacy to end the crisis. U.S. offensive missiles were eventually withdrawn from Turkey and the Soviets removed their missiles from Cuba Nikita Kruschev and The U.S.S.R. relented, nuclear war was averted.

Was the Kennedy administration skillfull, or just lucky?

Many Christians around the world were praying. I'd like to think it was simply a matter of divine intervention. God brought us back from the brink of annihilation.

So, as President Obama and Mitt Romney debate foreign policy in the coming days, remember this: whether it's the Cuban missile crisis, the murder of the U.S Ambassador to Libya, or Iranian nuclear missile development, the man elected President of the United States needs forceful leadership and strong diplomatic skills.

He'll also need the divine favor of God to meet the unexpected crises that will certainly come in the days ahead.

May the next president seek His wisdom and guidance as he leads our nation.

Here's a look back at the Cuban Missile Crisis--compliments of the U.S. Navy:

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Comments on this post

# RE: Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons for Obama and Romney

Talking nice nice does not work. Nothing has changed with Iran since Mr. Obama took office. They still have not stopped their nuclear program. We just had a terrorist attack and it took them 15 days to admit that it was when they were told of it withing 24 hours. How can we trust a man in the WH who won't admit the truth to the American people? Getting Bin Linden is not the only thing that needs to get done.
Left by KellieC on Oct 19, 2012 12:24 PM

# RE: Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons for Obama and Romney

So Correct. THis is why we need a NEW president in the white house. One that WILL stand up for the US and stand against the enemy. and one that KNOWS the difference, Obama out.....Romney in!!!!!!
Left by drb1 on Oct 20, 2012 10:37 AM