(The Brink of Armageddon)


Tinsley Grey Sammons


In 1958-59 when I served as a radar technician with Strategic Air Command’s Tenth Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron, I was dreadfully aware of what the terrible consequences of a nuclear exchange involving the United States and the Soviet Union could bring to America and the Western World. During the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, it is certain that President Kennedy was equally conscious of the consequences of an all-out war with the Soviet Union.

So, when I read Ann Coulter’s disparaging opinion in November 2008, I naturally bristled at her ill-informed statement concerning “Thirteen Days”. My Anglo-Saxon sense of justice simply does not permit me to acquiesce in such an odious untruth. According to Miss Coulter:

[George W.] Bush’s very first social event at the White House was movie night with the Kennedy family to watch “Thirteen Days,” a falsely heroic portrayal of JFK’s disastrous handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. ~Ann Coulter,_thy_name_is_obama

Disastrous? Such irresponsible blathering-for-bucks is inexcusable. Ms. Coulter is an educated person with a law degree who ought to know better. President Kennedy’s October 22, 1962 address was a great moment in the history of America’s presidents; a moment wherein President John F. Kennedy courageously imposed accountability and promised inevitable consequences. For the world to hear, the young American president declared:

. . . “Third: It shall be the policy of this Nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union.”

I imagine that only Khruschev and the person who washed his underwear knew the extent of his shock when he was made aware of the precise wording of the young American President’s promise. In response, the Soviets removed the missiles from Cuba, while those of us who were adults at the time breathed a great sigh of relief as the two great superpowers each stepped back from the brink of Armageddon.


Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given.

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —   is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina



  1. DLC Says:

    Yup, Coulter is a blithering ninny.
    She auto-twitches on anything done by any “Democrat” ever.

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