After the Cuban Missile Crisis

The compromise reached satisfied no one, it was a particular embarrassment for Khrushchev and the Soviet Union who had not made public the withdrawal of the missiles in Turkey. The Soviets were portrayed as retreating from circumstances they had started, although they could have made this look just the opposite and positioned themselves as the USSR saving the world from nuclear war by not insisting on restoring the nuclear balance. Khrushchev fell from power two years later.

US military commanders were also not happy with the result. General LeMay told the president that it was 'the greatest defeat in our history' and that the US should invade immediately. Cuban people felt they had been betrayed by the Soviets in whom they had trusted, with all the decisions being made by Kennedy and Khrushchev.

The Cuban Missile Crisis spurred the creation of the Hot Line. This is a direct communication link between Moscow and Washington DC. The purpose was to create a way that the leaders of the two major Cold War countries could communicate directly to solve any future crisis.