JFK+50: Volume 5, No. 1746UN AMBASSADOR SAYS SOVIET NUCLEAR BASES IN CUBA ARE NEGOTIABLE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy received a letter from UN Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson 53 years ago today, October 17, 1962, asking him to speak to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev about the presence of nuclear missile bases in Cuba.
Mr. Stevenson wrote...
"(It) should (be) made...clear that the existence of the nuclear missile bases is negotiable. Because a (U.S.) attack would very likely result in Soviet reprisals...it is important that we have as much of the world with us as possible. To start...a nuclear war is bound to be divisive at best and the judgments of history seldom coincide with the tempers of the moment."
JFK directed CIA Director John McCone, who attended the EXCOM meeting, to go to Gettysburg to brief former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"The Kennedys: A Chronological History," by Harvey Rachlin, World Almanac, New York, 1986.
"TWE Remembers: JFK Solicits Ike's Advisers, Cuban Missile Crisis Day 2," www.blogs.cfr.org