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Saturday, August 26, 2006

August 26, 1960: US Won't Negotiate with Cuba, Kennedy Supports Israeli Self-Defense and Nixon on Paar Show

The United States said it would not negotiate with Cuba's Fidel Castro until he renounced Soviet military protection, it was reported on this day in 1960. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev promised on July 9 that his nation would use its rockets to protect Cuba from U.S. aggression. Cuba refused to renounce the Soviet promise. ... Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic presidential nominee, pledged to bring peace to the Middle East. He said he would "not permit an imbalance [of military arms] to exist which threatens the right of any country to self-defense." ... In an appearance on the Jack Paar Show the Republican candidate for president, Vice President Richard Nixon, said the country should prepare for sacrifices. "Things are going to be serious for a long time in the work in which we live, and what I meant by sacrifices is that the American people were enjoying the best life that people have ever enjoyed in the history of civilization, must be prepared to sacrifice, if necessary, to make sure that we retain our way of life, and also extend the whole concept of freedom in the world."

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