The Bay Of Pigs Invasion


The story of the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs is one
of mismanagement, overconfidence, and lack of security. The blame for the
failure of the operation falls directly in the lap of the Central
Intelligence Agency and a young president and his advisors. The fall out
from the invasion caused a rise in tension between the two great
superpowers and ironically 34 years after the event, the person that the
invasion meant to topple, Fidel Castro, is still in power. To understand
the origins of the invasion and its ramifications for the future it is
first necessary to look at the invasion and its origins.

Part I: The Invasion and its Origins.

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to defect to the United States. The Cuban
Revolutionary Council, the government in exile, in New York City released a
statement saying that the bombings in Cuba were ". . . carried out by
'Cubans inside Cuba' who were 'in contact with' the top command of the
Revolutionary Council . . . ." The New York Times reporter covering the
story alluded to something being wrong with the whole situation when he
wondered how the council knew the pilots were coming if the pilots had
only decided to leave Cuba on Thursday after " . . . a suspected betrayal
by a fellow pilot had precipitated a plot to strike . . . ." Whatever the
case, the planes came down in Miami later that morning, one landed at Key
West Naval Air Station at 7:00 a.m. and the other at Miami International
Airport at 8:20 a.m. Both planes were badly damaged and their tanks were
nearly empty. On the front page of The New York Times the next day, a
picture of one of the B-26s was shown along with a picture of one of ...

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air to stop the
invading forces. Off the coast was the command and control ship and another
vessel carrying supplies for the invading forces. The Cuban air force made
quick work of the supply ships, sinking the command ve ssel the Marsopa and
the supply ship the Houston, blasting them to pieces with five- inch
rockets. In the end the 5th battalion was lost, which was on the Houston,
as well as the supplies for the landing teams and eight other smaller
vessels. With some of the invading forces' ships destroyed, and no command
and control ship, the logistics of the operation soon broke down as the
other supply ships were kept at bay by Casto's air force. As with many
failed military ...

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