Bay Of Pigs Invasion

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The Bay of Pigs Invasion was a snafued covert operation implemented by the Central Intelligence Agency on April 7, 1961. President Eisenhower authorized the CIA to develop and implement a plan to orchestrate the deposition of the Castro Regime. The operation entailed for the paramilitary training of 1,300 Cuban volunteers in an attempted coup d 'état. As President Eisenhower was unable to implement this operation, CIA director Allen Dulles approached candidate John F. Kennedy with the plans for the operation. Once inaugurated, Kennedy authorized the plan with two relatively major stipends, disallowing US air support for the insurgents, and disallowing US soldiers from combat zones in Cuba. In essence, Kennedy equipped the revolutionaries with paramilitary equipment…show more content…
As the Britannica Encyclopedia states,“The failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion made Kennedy appear weak, inexperienced, indecisive, and the Soviet Premier, Nikita Khrushchev, tried to capitalize on the youthful American president’s failings. Four months after the invasion Khrushchev began building the Wall to divide Communist East Berlin from West Berlin. Less than a year later Khrushchev and Castro planned to install nuclear missiles on the island of Cuba—only ninety miles from the United States—a decision that precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis and brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.” Additionally, the Office of the Historian states, “The failed invasion strengthened the position of Castro’s administration, which proceeded to openly proclaim its intention to adopt socialism and pursue closer ties with the Soviet Union.” In fact in the words of President Kennedy himself, the president said he wished he had permitted the use of U.S. ships to back up the Cuban exiles. Overall, this failed revolution led to waves of negative repercussions for the US, and strengthened the Castro Regime. Kennedy was capitalized as a weak president, and Fidel Castro declared Cuba as a socialist Marxist
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