In this political cartoon, you can see the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. fighting over Cuba, tugging on a rope. The U.S.S.R. had supplied Cuba with medium range balistic nuclear missles. The U.S. doesn't want war, and regrets having to start a possible World War III. Cuba is getting mad with the conflict as well, and it's missiles are ready and about to take off for the U.S.A. The U.S.S.R. and the U.S. were on shaky terms, and many people at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis were sure that this was when the few threads of rope holding the two nations at peace would snap. This is what the political cartoon shows.