Despite the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the U.S. prepares to invade the island, if necessary, to remove Soviet missiles during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a paper reports Oct. 24.
In 1961, the United States-backed invasion of Cuba by 1,400 Cuban exiles failed terribly in a bid to overthrow leader Fidel Castro. Defense Department officials tell the New York World-Telegram that any invasion this time would be different. Military professionals are involved — “this is no amateur operation by whiz kids,” an official is quoted as saying, describing the plan to invade Cuba if the Soviets don’t remove nuclear missiles there pointed at the United States.
This issue of the World-Telegram, published during the most tense period of the 13-day Cuban Missile Crisis, presents the crisis as an “us vs. them” situation, describing all the actions “we” (the United States) must take to prevent “them” (the Soviet Union) from gaining power and threatening U.S. security. The paper also reports that U.S. troops are being readied in Florida and clarifies the blockade on ships heading toward Cuba that President Kennedy announced the previous day.
Almost every story on the front page covers some aspect of the Cuban Missile Crisis, including a sharp drop in the stock market and a student protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.