I have never even heard or seen this movie 13 Days which was directed by, Roger Donaldson. However, I did learn a little about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 in my high school history class. We didn’t go into that much depth however. After watching 13 Days, I had a better idea of what the Kennedy Administration went through during this historic time between the United States and the Soviet Union. Being the President of the United States is already a big enough job to deal with, adding extra stresses such as the Soviets building nuclear weapons to launch put President Kennedy in a pretty big predicament. Throughout the movie you can see that President Kennedy didn’t want to hurt anyone or put anyone in any danger. He stated that they were not going to allow a missile threat because that will only cause more conflict. You could see in the movie that there in fact were discriminative stimuli within the Kennedy Administration and the public. Because President Kennedy didn’t know what he wanted to do he didn’t want to put the United States into fear. Although reporters had some idea about Castro, the reporter called it, ORTSOC. Which was Castro spelled backwards. This caused Kenny to become angry and vulgar to the reporter. The documentary also showed how when the US had a naval blockade of Cuba. Thus causing the Soviets not to fire or attack they left and turned around.
It is crazy to think that discriminative stimulus is everywhere in our lives. Whether that be in a conversation with your family or conflicts with your friends. What are some of the things you found in the movie 13 days?!