Cuban Missile Crisis: October 27, 1962
|Speaker:||John F Kennedy|
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. United
States — Foreign relations — Soviet Union.
See resource for
October 18, 1962 for brief description of the Cuban Missile crisis and previous
clips in this series for timeline events up to this date.
Tape 41A, 10/27, 10:00 (continuation of Tape 41.0); resumes at 4:00:
General Taylor reports that the JCS wants an air strike no later than Monday morning
McNamara recommends more surveillance flights Monday morning with proper cover.
News arrives that a U-2 has been shot down and the pilot killed. “This is much of
JFK reopens the discussion of trading the missiles in Turkey. McNamara insists that
McNamara says that if reconnaissance flights are fired upon tomorrow that means
[Apparently JFK is no longer in the room at this point in the discussion.]
Vice President Lyndon Johnson responds: “If you’re willing to give up your missiles
George Ball also argues for making the trade openly with the USSR to avoid “enormous
McNamara: “Max [General Maxwell Taylor] is going back to work out the surveillance
McCone responds: “I’d take these Turkish things out right now” but also tell Khrushchev
McNamara denounces Khrushchev’s Oct 26 letter: “Hell, that’s no offer. There’s not
LBJ questions the value of the surveillance flights: “I’ve been afraid of these