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17 October. While the President embarked in his
campaign for the half-term elections, Ex Comm
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MacNamara advocated a naval blockade of Cuba.

Unaware that the Americans had detected the weapons being piled up in the island, Khrushchev wrote to Kennedy that they were "defensive weapons only".

Kennedy and McNamara missiles
June 19, 1962. JFK and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara
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