Skip to comments.Khrushchev Puts a ‘Hedgehog Down Uncle Sam’s Pants’
Posted on 10/25/2018 2:47:31 PM PDT by fugazi
56 years ago this week, the United States and Soviet Union were on the verge of all-out nuclear war. Suddenly, American families learned that they were in the crosshairs of Soviet nuclear-tipped missiles stationed 90 miles away from Florida, and virtually the entire continental U.S. was now moments away from annihilation. We know how the Cuban Missile Crisis ended, but how did it come about in the first place?
During the early days of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had a big problem: mutually assured destruction only works when both sides can assure destruction. The United States could target Moscow with intercontinental ballistic missiles, strategic bombers, and nuclear-armed submarines. By deploying nuclear missiles to Italy and Turkey, the USSR could be devastated in just minutes. Sure, the Kremlin could target Western Europe and Alaska, but Washington, D.C. was well outside of the reach of the Soviets.
That was a problem. But Nikita Khrushchev saw a solution, and he declared his intention to throw a hedgehog down Uncle Sams pants.
Classic Soviet maskirovka: Operation ANADYR
To sneak the hedgehog across the ocean, the Kremlin had to keep it secret. Fortunately, the USSR had mastered the art of maskirovka, which Americans refer to as denial and deception operations. Their plan was so secret that initially only five Soviet officers four generals and a colonel in the General Staff knew that the troops would be deploying to Cuba. Everyone else who heard about a possible deployment thought they were headed north or east. The missions name itself was deceptive: Operation ANADYR, which Western intelligence officials would link with the Anadyr River in Siberia, and possibly draw the conclusion that they were headed for the remote bomber staging base nearby. Anadyr plans were made in person, without secretaries. Orders were hand-written
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“Khrushchev Puts a Hedgehog Down Uncle Sams Pants”
This has to be a sick joke. The hedgehog is Ron Jeremy and where else would you put him?
I always keep a hedgehog in my pants....
I keep my Fembots even closer.... :)
Hedgehogs are so cute. Now, a porcupine down the pants — that would be a different story.
Well of course you do, as do we all.
Is this an anti-hedge hog posting?
This entire post is going sideways....
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