It has been 50 years this month since the Cuban missile crisis, but I remember the terror of it. We were hours away from six missiles, each with the strength of eighty Hiroshima bombs, being launched against the eastern seaboard before Nikita Khrushchev called them back to Russia. Jack Kennedy was our President, and we will evermore be grateful for his handling of it.
If there were ever again a crisis of such magnitude, which of the two presidential candidates would we want to make decisions: Barack Obama, who seems to carefully deliberate in his decision making ("leading from behind"), or Mitt Romney, with his penchant for unthought-out responses and with advisors like John Bolton, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove, not to mention Halliburton and other military suppliers anxious for more business? (Mr. Bolton, as you might remember, was George W. Bush's United Nations ambassador for a while, advocating nuclear warfare with Iran).
This is more serious than many voters seem to realize. Right now, we are in a prolonged war, removed from most citizens except for those fighting in it and their families, but it could change, depending on who is leading us.
Edith Adamsen Cutler, BaltimoreCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun