Thirteen Days Essay

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For what probably felt like a month the 13 days that Kennedy and his Associates went through was one of the memorable events during Kennedy’s time as president. If Kennedy would have did things different would we maybe have gone to war with Russia? Who knows, but because Kennedy did make good decisions and had lot of great people on his side while making these decisions that made this movie and real life story epic. He also had the problem of he was against what his own Chiefs of staff and other advisers who wanted a full on attack on Cuba. So that made it that much harder to avoid war and causing possibly a nuclear war. All kennedy was really looking for was a way out of this mess known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Part of the problems with all these decisions being forced on one person was he was so stressed and there was so much pressure and to top all of that off Kennedy was taking all of that medicine for his back ...view middle of the document...

Kennedy finally decided that a naval quarantine would be the best way to confront Khrushchev, he thought that this would give Russia time to rethink having the missiles and possibly remove them. At the same time he was trying to be strong and assertive he wanted to make them to feel as if they still had some options. We also wanted to know Khrushchev opinion on nuclear war, we really didn’t know until that last talk with Robert Kennedy and the guy from Russia.
13 days is very similar to the story except the main character may have been a little less important then they made him sound in the movie. But some say that they can remember everybody gather around tvs checking if the Russian ship in the Atlantic came any closer. Its crazy that the movie they made the war Generals seem like they were just always being annoying or upset over the thought of war, because Kennedy would deny the thought of war over and over, because this really did happen. Some people say that Kennedys actions before the war were the reason that Russia decided to put the missiles in Cuba in the first place. They really tried to bribe Kennedy in way saying things like I hope that Appeasement doesn't run in the family.The movie cuts to military scenes air bases, ships at sea but only for information, not for scenes that will settle the plot. When the Joint Chiefs are itching for an excuse to fight, O'donnell urges one pilot to look through this thing to the other side code for asking him to lie to his superiors rather than trigger a war. So this is when O'donnell becomes a leading character is because he is very smart as well and he able to take matter into his own hand and make a difference.The movie's taut, flat style is appropriate for a story that is more about facts and speculation than about action. Kennedy and his advisers study high-altitude photos and intelligence reports, and wonder if Khrushchev's word can be trusted. Also the flares are one of the reason that his movie shows a statistic of around 92 percent real. There were many scene that showed very similar actions to what happened in the real story.

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