By Max Holland,David M. Barrett
In the aftermath of the Cuban Missile drawback, questions endured approximately how the potential cataclysm had been allowed to increase. A next congressional research curious about what got here to be often called the “photo gap”: 5 weeks within which intelligence-gathering flights over Cuba have been attenuated.
In Blind over Cuba, David M. Barrett and Max Holland problem the preferred conception of the Kennedy administration’s dealing with of the Soviet Union’s surreptitious deployment of missiles within the Western Hemisphere. instead of epitomizing it as a masterpiece of difficulty administration by way of coverage makers and the management, Barrett and Holland make the case that the affair used to be, in truth, a detailed name stemming at once from judgements made in a weather of deep mistrust among key management officers and the intelligence community.
Because of White condo and nation division fears of “another U-2 incident” (the notorious 1960 Soviet downing of an American U-2 secret agent plane), the CIA used to be now not accredited to ship surveillance airplane on lengthy flights over Cuban airspace for plenty of weeks, from overdue August via early October. occasions proved that this was once exactly the time whilst the Soviets have been secretly deploying missiles in Cuba. whilst Director of significant Intelligence John McCone forcefully mentioned that this determination had resulted in a perilous void in intelligence assortment, the president approved one U-2 flight without delay over western Cuba—thereby avoiding catastrophe, because the surveillance detected the Soviet missiles almost immediately earlier than they grew to become operational.
The Kennedy management recognized that their failure to collect intelligence used to be politically explosive, and their next efforts to steer the conception of occasions shape the focal point for this research. utilizing lately declassified files, secondary fabrics, and interviews with numerous key contributors, Barrett and Holland weave a narrative of intra-agency clash, suspicion, and discord that undermined intelligence-gathering, adversely affected inner postmortems performed after the problem peaked, and led to conserving Congress and the general public at the hours of darkness approximately what quite happened.
Fifty years after the trouble that introduced the superpowers to the edge, Blind over Cuba: The photograph hole and the Missile Crisis offers a brand new bankruptcy in our figuring out of that pivotal occasion, the tensions contained in the US govt throughout the chilly conflict, and the stumbling blocks Congress faces while accomplishing an research of the administrative branch.
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Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis (Foreign Relations and the Presidency) by Max Holland,David M. Barrett