Outside Agitator (they/them)
- Jul 29, 2012
Oh shit. Because he wasn't bluffing OTL, and the Russians already have loads of nukes in Cuba TTL.
Either both sides back down and take the nukes out of respective countries (which is a much greater pain for Germany and the US than it is for Cuba and Russia) or the world goes boom. Or, the crisis goes on for months/years, and then one of the two things above happens.
I'm thinking this leads to the collapse of Kennedy's presidency either way...
TBC getting over-excited again. At this point the US and Soviets will have ICBMs (that's just how the technology goes) and are entirely capable of nuking each other, and everyone else, even if Germany and Cuba are de-nuked. On a grand MAD/Balance of Terror scale this does not change a lot, at least in military and political circles.
A mutually agreed pull out probably happens after a bit of a chat, with some careful staging so no-one is seen to 'lose' (because neither need to or want to back down first, though I'm not ruling out Kruschev ballsing it up as per OTL). If there is a mutual pull out it will be followed shortly by the German Luftwaffe getting a load of dual-key nukes, so Germany will still get the safety of a nuclear deterrent but a bit less dramatically. The Soviets could do the same in Cuba I suppose, but fundamentally I doubt Castro would want them. He was very reluctant to take the missiles in OTL and the bomber option would be even more obviously 'Soviet Puppet' (Soviet aircraft, soviet pilots and Soviet political officers with all the nuke keys, because no-way are actual Cubans being trusted with them).
Heartened to see that this has already sparked such pointed divergence between the two of you. Suggests at least this is not entirely a foregone conclusion. Lots of plates spinning all around the world, plenty still up in the air…
Pending some technical obstacles KH will have the next instalment for us shortly from Kennedy's end.