The President: October Missile Crisis - After reviewing aerial photos indicating
the placement of Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba, the President speaks to the
nation on TV, October 22, 1962, and reports "unmistakable evidence...of
offensive missile sites now in preparation...to provide a nuclear strike
capability against the Western Hemisphere...It shall be the policy of
this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba...as an
attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory
response upon the Soviet Union."