Thirteen Days, to Page 34
• Early October 16, 1962, President John F. Kennedy (JFK) told the Secretary General (his brother and the narrator), also known as RFK, that intelligence found evidence of Russian missiles in Cuba.
• The CIA briefs officials in the Cabinet Room and the photographs are difficult to read.
• The presence of Russian missiles in Cuba is a shock because both Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin and Chairman Nikita S. Khrushchev have made personal and public promises to not provide Cuba with missiles.
• RFK and JFK both make it clear in conversations with Soviet representatives that the US will not tolerate any offensive action in Cuba, making similar public notification.
• JFK creates the Executive Committee of the National Security Council, nicknamed "Ex Comm," to come up with realistic recommendations concerning how to get rid of the missiles in Cuba with minimal loss of life.
• RFK leads Ex Comm as they...
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