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But let's not start with that course,' if by chance that kind of confrontation with Cuba, and of necessity with the Soviet Union, could be avoided. Those who argued for the military strike instead of a blockade pointed out that a blockade would not in fact remove the missiles and would not even stop the work from going ahead on the missile sites themselves. The missiles were already in Cuba, and all we would be doing with a blockade would be 'closing the door after the horse had left the bam'.

It was now up to one single man. No committee was going to make this decision. He canceled his trip and returned to Washington. As he was returning to Washington, our Armed Forces across the world were put on alert. Telephoning from our meeting in the State Department, Secretary McNamara ordered four tactical air squadrons placed at readiness for an air strike, in case the President decided to accept that recommendation. M. and went for a swim. I sat on the side of the pool, and we talked. At 2:30 we walked up to the Oval Room.

For some it brings out characteristics and strengths that perhaps even they never knew they had, and for others the pressure is too overwhelmmg. Our situation was made more difficult by the fact that there was no obvious or simple solution. A dogmatism, a certainty of viewpoint, was simply not possible. For every position there were inherent weaknesses; and those opposed 47 would point them out, often with devastating effects. Finally, we agreed on a procedure by which we felt we could give some intelligent recommendations to the President.

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