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Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, of Great Britain, made it clear the United States would have his country's support. And in these present days of strain it is well to remember that no country's leader supported the United States more forcefully than did France. General de Gaulle said, 'It is exactly what I would have done,' adding that it was not necessary to see the photographs, as 'a great government such as yours does not act without evidence'.
When the President questioned what the response of the Russians might be, General LeMay assured him there would be no reaction. President Kennedy was skeptical. 'They, no more than we, can let these things go by without doing something. They can't, after 39 all their statements, permit us to take out their missiles, kill a lot of Russians, and then do nothing. ' The President went on to say that he recognized the validity of the arguments made by the Joint Chiefs, the danger that more and more missiles would be placed in Cuba, and the likelihood, if we did nothing, that the Russians would move on Berlin and in other areas of the world, feeling the United States was completely impotent.
If we demanded the removal of missiles from Cuba as the price for lifting our blockade they would demand the removal of missiles surrounding the Soviet Union as the reciprocal act. And so we argued, and so we disagreed - all dedicated, intelligent men, disagreeing and fighting about the future of their country, and of mankind. Meanwhile, time was slowly running out. 38 An examination of photography taken on Wednesday, October 17, showed several other installations, with at least sixteen and possibly thirty-two missiles of over I,ooo-mile range.