I read from a Newspaper about the U2-Spy plane incident of the 1960s where an American plane went for a high altitude reconaissance mission in the USSR. This plane was very sophisticated that the CIA bragged the Russians did not possess the technology to detect the plane, or so they thought. The plane was shot down and the pilot was captured and an administration that had lied to its public that the plane was on a weather mission had to admit that it was an operation of espionage against the USSR , which consequently escalated the cold war, a war that could have resulted in the use of nuclear weapons against the United States and the USSR. So how catastrophic can a miscalculation presented to the president of a country from an intelligence agency as advice be in terms of nuclear war?

  • The Cold War had already been going for about 10 years before Power's was shot down, so that incident didn't start the Cold War.
    – Steve Bird
    May 14 at 8:33
  • But it definitely contributed to the escalation? May 14 at 8:34
  • Are you wanting hypothetical scenarios, or actual events?
    – DrMcCleod
    May 14 at 8:55
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    what about actual events? May 14 at 9:00
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    Your understanding of the U2 incident is not very deep. There was significant concerns about the U2 and the new missile systems, but the advantages of getting more intel overrode those concerns. Those decisions were made at Presidential levels, not by the CIA alone.
    – Jon Custer
    May 14 at 15:24


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