Quote [61] – America (past), Cuba

With some trepidation, I argued [during the Cuban missile crisis] that, whatever validity the military and political arguments were for an attack in preference to a blockade, America’s traditions and history would not permit such a course of action.  Whatever military reasons he and other could marshal, they were nevertheless, in the last analysis, advocating a surprise attack by a large nation against a very small one.  This I said, could not be undertaken by the U.S if we were to maintain out moral position at home and around the globe.  Our struggle against communism throughout the world was for far more than physical survival – it had as its essence our heritage and our idealism, and these we must not destroy Make gentle the life of this world
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