In één week (zie weblog 26 juni 2008) de aankondiging van twee nieuwe boeken van Washington Post journalist Michael Dobbs na uitstekend archiefonderzoek:
THE "EYEBALL TO EYEBALL" MYTH
New Book 'One Minute to Midnight' Reveals Missile-carrying Ships Already Heading Back to Soviet Union
Washington, DC, July 2, 2008 - Senior Kennedy administration aides claimed incorrectly that U.S. warships had come "eyeball to eyeball" with Soviet missile-carrying ships during the Cuban missile crisis, a myth that has persisted for over four decades, according to evidence published today by the National Security Archive. (NSA)
A new book by Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs plots the positions of Soviet and American ships on October 24, 1962, when Secretary of State Dean Rusk said that "we were eyeball to eyeball, and the other fellow just blinked." It shows that the missile-carrying ships were already headed back to the Soviet Union at this point, and were at least 500 nautical miles from the closest American warship.
This is the last of five postings looking at the new material in 'One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War,' which draws on the National Security Archive's long-standing documentary work on the Cuban missile crisis. The book also tracks the movement of Soviet submarines armed with nuclear torpedoes during the crisis in the vicinity of the quarantine barrier.
Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today's posting.
(Bron: persbericht NSA)