Kenny stares him in the eye, serious, hushed. General Taylor can answer that question better than I can. You owe your goddamn job to this administration. But today, again, if I heard you correctly, you now say they do not exist. Robert Kennedy: You know, I hate being called the brilliant one, the ruthless one, the guy everybody's afraid of. President, there are still those of us who believe we should proceed with the strikes. President, The Organization of American States hasn't had a unanimous vote since -- The President moves for the Cabinet Room.
Kenny O'Donnell: Commander, if you are fired upon, the President will be forced to attack the sites that fire on you. It'd light a fire under the army's ass to get in place. The two worked together to keep America and the world safe. Bobby looks back at Kenny. There's silence at the table. Kenny O'Donnell: The president told me to pass the word to you: Stick it to them! If we go ahead with these air strikes.
The shock of the morning has worn off. They will retaliate against another target somewhere else in the world, most likely Berlin. Whatever happens up there, you were not shot at. He would like to prevent a nuclear war but is under severe pressure from his hard-line crowd, which interprets every move in that direction as appeasement. The sub has positioned itself between the Pierce and the Soviet ships.
A crash program could limit that time. Well, it looks to me like Fomin's overture was genuine. Well, then, ladies and gentlemen, since it appears we're going to be here for a while, shall we have a look at what the Soviets are doing in Cuba? Quarantine is now in effect. Gentlemen, as most of you now know, a U- over Cuba Sunday morning took a series of disturbing photographs. If they refuse to remove the missiles, we retain the option to strike and invade. Kenny sees it in the faces, even the President's.
He confirmed it just a little while ago in a letter. This morning, the United States detonated a hydrogen bomb above Johnston Island in the South Pacific. Well, thank you for all your advice, gentlemen. We'll need more U-2 coverage. Rusk rises from his seat, formal. Where the brilliantly-lit flag flutters over the spotlit White House: their destination.
No deal, and the missiles are almost operational. The possibility that the Soviets are making a ploy to get American concessions crosses his mind, but he is put in the difficult position of knowing that he cannot make any public moves to placate the Soviets, for fear that it will set a disturbing precedent and show a sign of weakness. So we bomb their anti-aircraft sites, and in response to that. Even so, we should still go out for Bobby. We'd look pretty bad shooting up a freighter full of baby food. I don't think that's possible, Adlai. This is where we turn it around! In hours, there can be no deals.
At the end of the day, they may well end up being right. What could they have done? Though some parts are fictional, the film remained true to the events that happened in the thriteen day window of the crisis. The President told me to pass a word to you. He's their highest-ranking spy in this country, and he knows John's a friend of mine. The military guys are going ape, and they're not alone. No, they have enforced loss of human energy, and what is more for the destruction of man himself. Of course, that's for morale.
President Kennedy: Kenny, no, we need the flights, because the minute that first missile becomes operational we gotta go in there and destroy it. And then we went out and told the country they weren't putting missiles into Cuba. I'm glad it's you calling. And there's nothing Bobby can say to that. Bobby shakes his head: don't look at me. The first missiles became operational last night. McGeorge Bundy: These people are right, and the Kennedys are wrong.
Why don't you go home tonight? I can't do my job if I don't know what's going on. We need you to talk to them - they'll listen to you. I'll need the official release orders on my desk on Sunday night. The point is, you trade our missiles in Turkey for theirs in Cuba, they're gonna force us into trade after trade, until finally, a couple of months from now, they demand something we won't trade, like Berlin, and we do end up in a war. O'Donnell, I've been ordered to deliver the film to the Pentagon personally. Firing on a ship means attacking a ship.