The Bay of Pigs was an invasion to Cuba by the United States to try and establish a non-communist government. Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba and he wasn’t liked by the United States. President Dwight Eisenhower was the original starter of the whole plan and was carried out later by John F. Kennedy. The United States had no idea that Cuba had found out about this mission over a radio broadcast and were not prepared for such a counter. They tried their hardest to set up a successful plan, but sadly it didn’t end that way; many were captured and some killed. The invasion was a failure for the United States and made them look weak.
1. Background information
Cuba had joined into the Cold war and there was a new strong leader in place called …show more content…
If the attack was not kept secret it was obvious that Castro was intelligent enough to be able to plan a counterattack towards the US before they arrived. John F. Kennedy and the CIA felt it was better this way that there would be no chance of World War III starting. He did it to try and get rid of communism and to feel like there wouldn’t be any threats against the US or other countries. This plan, if successful would have benefited other countries as well. It was kept a secret to ensure its success and to benefit plenty of others out …show more content…
People died and the other Cuban exiles were captured as prisoners. It was a sad day for the US but a happy one for Cuba. It showed that Fidel Castro wasn’t a weak man and was prepared for what came his way. He was smart enough to guide his country. He proved his strength and showed what he was capable of which made him even more popular in Cuba. America’s image was not a good one after this plan. It made them look weak. Many Americans after this catastrophe did not like John F. Kennedy’s Presidency. This was one of Kennedy’s first actions taken in office. Although Kennedy was a proud American with lots of pride for his country, this disaster didn’t help his good reputation at all, instead the United States were disappointed by all this. He had lots of pressure to try and prove to his people that he was capable of leading America and making smart decisions, to be able to implement successful plans. The Bay of Pigs was a huge disaster and showed that America needed to try harder to prove their strength to the
“To hunt them down, the government responded with scorched-earth campaigns, pacifications programs and paramilitary death squads, often with assistance from the US Special Forces advisers” (137-138). This caused in 1976 more than twenty thousand deaths, also the spread of this to the countryside. The outcome is what the government wanted them to become powerful to produce this sham election. The US went to help the government for politics, but now the relations between the two are very different. Reading some articles I saw that the “US urges citizens not to travel to Cuba, cuts embassy safe and halts visa processing” (Chicagotribune).
After WWII, there was communism fever in the northern part of the world. This domineering outbreak of communism threatened the US and our capitalist allies. Through the outbreaks, the US took things to drastic measures and did everything in their power to stop communism, causing multiple wars and combat. During June of 1950, North Korea first invaded the Southern part of Korea due to their pessimistic views on communism.
Disaster Averted Can anyone imagine waking up every morning for two weeks not knowing if the world you knew before it is still standing, or if thousands of lives have just banished with the click of a button somewhere in your nation? This was John F. Kennedy’s reality during the Cuban Missile Crisis. President Kennedy gave the speech Cuban Missile Crisis Address, from his office, to be televised and transmitted through radio by thousands of American citizens, Cuban people, and international leaders all over the globe. John F. Kennedy’s Cuban Missile Crisis address to the nation speech solidifies his legacy among the people of the United States of America because he is able to demonstrate his capacity to confront this issue, ease the American
This was the first major hostile interaction the U.S had began with Europe since the American Revolution, and was the start of a new era of foreign policy. The U.S. also had many reasons for getting involved, including the interests of national security and economy and the interests of Cuba. The war began the U.S. push to become a global power, and the treaty of Paris, through the new gains of the U.S. in the Pacific, brought forth imperialistic ideology and started the major push for imperialism that drove U.S. policy for many years. Many wanted imperialism so that the U.S. could keep up with the rest of the world, and because of foreign policy objectives, of which many favored economic, ethnocentric, and ideologically based decisions. The war and the treaty started the U.S. on the path to being seen as a major world power and an expanding global
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US took heavy losses, including effects on politics and the media. In Roosevelt’s “Day In Infamy” speech he states that it also caused “severe damage to American naval and military forces… [and] many American lives [were] lost…; [he] [asserted] that [they] [would] not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but [would] make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger [them] again” (“Day in Infamy” speech). Roosevelt’s compelling words inspired many to fight back against the Japanese. He believed that the attack was unprovoked and unnecessary, therefore making it seem even more absurd not to stand up for themselves. Roosevelt went on to compel Americans to fight back and not lose faith, for “ with confidence in [their] armed forces -- with the unbounded determination of [their] people -- [they] [would] gain the inevitable triumph” (“Day of Infamy” speech).
Cuba would lose American influence thus leading to end of slavery. The U.S could not let that happen due to the fact it was the slaves who made Cuba the largest sugar producer. Without slaves and the high production and access to sugar, Cuba is almost useless economically. The U.S saw this island as a source of sugar and a place for trading. They placed large amounts of investments into Cuba and the U.S was not going to lose it all; nearly over $50 million was invested.3 The U.S spent money and time in Cuba to make more money, not to lose it.
Essay One: Imperialism Flies circle great black lumps as the moist air ravages the corpses. Dried blood soaked into the ground after faceless soldiers brutally destroyed its owners’ lives. These were the stories in the newspapers, the movies, and the films. Horrified by these crimes against humanity, the American public was spurred into action against the Spanish oppressors. the United States invaded Cuba in 1898 to pursue humanitarian efforts.
Although, it appeared this war was to help Cuban patriots achieve their independence from the Spanish, in the end we took control over Cuba. Through this war, we took control over territories and became competition against the other imperialistic nations. This was the product of Fredrick Jackson Turners
To understand this war one must know the background. Spain had ben occupying Cuba for many years. Cuba became resentful of their unfair treatment and began to rebel. American saw this rebellion as a mirror to their own struggle against British forces some 120 years earlier. In Hearst’s papers he showed the Cuban Rebels as noble patriots, though many of them had resorted to acts of terrorism.
The United States wanted to take advantage of the Caribbean for example Cuba. At the time Cuba wanted its independence from Spain. The United States wanted to keep their sugar and mining companies in Cuba. Now the Cubans used two fellow yellow journalists, known as William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. The two both wrote about how the Spanish atrocities in Cuba, many were fabricated.
Americans learned more about what happened during the Spanish American War through articles that exposed the violent tensions in Cuba. The Americans then felt the need that we should help Cuba against Spain. The Americans in power wanted to remain neutral, while the public wanted to go to war. The U.S. Maine was a battleship that was sent to Cuba to spy on them and understand the situation in person. While the ship was there, it mysteriously blew up, the blame was put on Spain for the explosion.
The US decided to send Ships to protect the sugar resources. The USS Maine had come to Cuba to protect the US citizens that were
In an attempt to overthrow Castro and prevent the spread of communism throughout Latin America, Kennedy was forced to implement “a watered down plan inherited from the Eisenhower administration” , which involved using CIA trained Cuban rebels to encourage an anti-Castro uprising which would then appear as an internal uprising. This resulted in what historian Theodore Draper described as a “perfect failure” On April 17th 1961, 1500 rebels landed on the Bahia de Cochinos however invaders were swiftly captured or killed and as Kennedy refused to send in USA troops and cancelled a planned air strike in order to feign lack of American involvement, the plan ended in “total humiliating defeat” . Kennedy was enraged that he had signed what he had seen as an “unworkable plan” and that he had “allowed himself to be swept along by sheer bureaucratic momentum” . Despite this he took full responsibility for the failed operation stating in a news conference on March 21st 1961, that while “victory has a hundred fathers, defeat is an orphan” .
Another reason why America was aggressive is because for example, when there was a meeting on what action the US should take against Cuba and USSR, three out of the four proposals were ones that could probably cause another war. One of the proposals was to destroy the Soviet missiles in Cuba by an airstrike, which is a very intense act. Furthermore, another reason why I agree with Cuba’s point of view, is because America was unfair with its ‘regulations’ with Cuba. Castro was not allowed to keep Soviet missiles in his land, because Kennedy stated that it was a threat to the security of the US. While on the other hand, the US had all the nuclear power to fire at Cuba at any time without any conditions.