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- President John F. Kennedy's reading copy for his address to the nation on the Cuban Missile Crisis., Good evening, my fellow citizens: This Government, as promised, has maintained the closest surveillance of the Soviet military build-up on the island of Cuba. Within the past week unmistakable evidence has established the fact that a series of offensive missile sites is now in preparation on that imprisoned island. The purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide a nuclear strike capability against the Western Hemisphere. Upon receiving the first preliminary hard information of this nature last Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.,, 2 I directed that our surveillance be stepped up. And having now confirmed and completed our evaluation of the evidence and our decision on a course of action, this Government feels obliged to report this new crisis to your in full detail. The characteristics of these new missile sites indicate two distinct types of installations. Several of them include Medium Rage Ballistic Missiles, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead for a distance of more than 1000 nautical miles. Each of these missiles, in short is capable of striking Washington, D.C.,, 3 the Panama Canal, Cape Canaveral, Mexico City, or any other city in the Southeastern part of the United States, in Central America or in the Caribbean area. Additional sites not yet completed appear to be designed for Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles -- capable of traveling more than twice as far -- and thus capable of striking most major cities in the Western Hemisphere, ranging as far north as Hudson's Bay, Canada and as far south as Lima, Peru. In addition, hey bomber, capable of carrying nuclear weapons,, 4 are now being uncrated and assembled on Cuba, while the necessary air bases are being prepared. This urgent transformation of Cuba into an important strategic base -- by the presence of these large long-range and clearly offensive weapons of sudd...
- Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963, Speeches, addresses, etc.
- National Archives and Records Administration
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- John F. Kennedy President's Office Files; Speech Files; Radio and Televison Report to the American People on the Soviet Arms Build Up in Cuba, Papers of President Kennedy: President's Office Files: Speech File
Cuban Missile Crisis Reading Copy
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