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Bay of Pigs

The Bay of Pigs invasion occurred in April 1961 during the Kennedy Administration. It was an unsuccessful attempt by the U.S. government to usurp the Castro regime in Cuba.

 

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The genesis of the Bay of Pigs was in late I95 9. At a National Security
Council Meeting on 14 January I960, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Livingston Merchant noted that the State Department 'had been working with CIA on Cuban problems', and went on to say that 'our present objective was to adjust all our actions in such a way as to accelerate the development of an opposition in Cuba which would bring about... a new government favorable to U.S. interests'.

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Kennedy did assume full public responsibility for what he too considered a
disaster, as he should have. Privately, though, he blamed the CIA, and fired the
three top men in the agency responsible for the operation: Director Allen
Dulles, Deputy Director Gen. Pearr Cabell, and Deputy Director for Plans (now
called Operations) Richard Bissell.

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The failure of the invasion of Cuba in April, 1961 by 1500 CIA-trained anti-
Castro expatriates is generally attributed to President Kennedy's loss of nerve
at the critical moment, when he cancelled the air strikes which were supposed to
incapacitate Castro's air force. As a result, more than a hundred men were
killed, the rest surrendered, and the Cuban exiles in America never forgave
Kennedy for this "betrayal."

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On April 17, 1961, just five days after President Kennedy announced that the United States had no intention of interfering in Cuba, the American-trained counterrevolutionary forces of Brigade 2506 began their attempted invasion at the Bay of Pigs.  From the very start the mission had serious errors.  An air strike of B-26 bombers was sent out two days before the actual invasion to destroy Cuba's arsenal of planes.  The bombers were painted to look like Cuban Air Force planes, but the planes used in the attack were actually outdated World War II planes.

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In November 1961 Kennedy approved Operation Mongoose, a secret plan aimed at stimulating a rebellion in Cuba that the United States could support. While the Kennedy administration planned Operation Mongoose, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev secretly introduced medium-range nuclear missiles into Cuba. U.S intelligence picked up evidence of a general Soviet arms build-up during routine surveillance flights and on September 4, 1962, Kennedy issued a public warning against the introduction of offensive weapons into Cuba

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In early 1961 President John F. Kennedy concluded that Fidel Castro was a Soviet client working to subvert Latin America. After much debate in his administration Kennedy authorized a clandestine invasion of Cuba by a brigade of Cuban exiles. The brigade hit the beach at the Bay of Pigs on April 17, 1961, but the operation collapsed in spectacular failure within 2 days. Kennedy took public responsibility for the mistakes made, but remained determined to rid Cuba of Castro.

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In 1959, Fidel Castro came to power in an armed revolt that overthrew Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. The U.S. government distrusted Castro and was wary of his relationship with Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union.

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The disaster at the Bay of Pigs had a lasting impact on the Kennedy administration. Determined to make up for the failed invasion, the administration initiated Operation Mongoose—a plan to sabotage and destabilize the Cuban government and economy. The plan included the possibility of assassinating Castro. Almost 50 years later, relations between Castro's Cuba and the United States remain strained and tenuous

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