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Cui bono?
 
 

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Both sides, and neither.

JFK did gain personal prestige and had the missiles removed.

The crisis, confirming the De Gaulle-abhorred Soviet-US condominium, widened the transatlantic gap, since the USA had not consulted with the Europeans.

Vienna Conference
President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev at the Vienna Conference,
June 3-4, 1961
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