President Kennedy knew that the U.S. could not–would not–live under a threat of nuclear destruction that couldn’t be prevented or stopped.
Kennedy knew it was necessary to use real military force as the ONLY way to induce sufficient fear and uncertainty in the Soviet Union and their proxy Cuba so they would then negotiate for real and remove the threat to America.
Embargo North Korea. Allow no flights out to get to countries like Iran and Syria. Allow no shipping out to get to countries like Iran or Malaysia (their trading proxy).
Then offer to negotiate.
North Korea is China’s own Frankenstein Monster. So, allow no Chinese oil trade to keep it afloat.
Kennedy knew he had to act to prevent missiles capable of hitting the U.S. with atomic warheads – or, as he himself said: “THERE WASN’T ANY CHOICE. I WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED.”
Every alternative to force has been repeatedly tried and failed. So let’s stop being Einstein’s definition of Insanity and follow Kennedy’s lead:
force to force negotiations.