13 Days in October - 5 Years in Iraq
Watched Thirteen Days (Costner film about the Cuban missile crisis) yesterday. Very well done. Apparently a lot of the dialog was taken from tapes and note from the time. I was only 11 years old at the time, and only have vague memories of unease from the time.
What struck me about the situation was the dynamic between the politicians/leaders and the military. Now since the film was from the point of view of the Kenneth o'Donnell (Kennedy's chief of staff) and secondarily, the Kennedy brothers, the Army (Maxwell Taylor) and Air Force Curtis "bomb 'em to the stone age" Lemay come off as wanting a full scale invasion as a face-saving for the Bay of Pigs, while the administration was able to see the potential for escalation between the USA and USSR.
That's one thing that struck me as differing from today's environment - an administration that was capable of foresight. Admittedly today's global situation is probably as more complex than the Cold War as the Cold War was than the WWII era. But it helps to have leaders that recognize that complexity and plan and act accordingly.