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Missile crisis lesson ignored

October 23, 2012
By Lee Gaillard

On that brisk late-October morning in 1962, we clustered in the TIME-LIFE building's 31st-floor conference room to watch black blips inch across a large televised map. The red embargo line slashed vertically through the Atlantic Ocean east of Cuba. The lead blip paused; Walter Cronkite announced that missile-laden Soviet freighters had slowed and turned away. The room exploded in cheers.

 
 

 

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