Skip to comments.April 17, 1961- The Bay of Pigs invasion begins
Posted on 04/17/2009 4:23:46 PM PDT by PurpleMan
The Bay of Pigs invasion begins when a CIA-financed and -trained group of Cuban refugees lands in Cuba and attempts to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro. The attack was an utter failure
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There are no coincidences in life or politics.
Would have been nice if JFK hadn’t pulled the support when the Cubans were on the shore.
Looks like a great op for 0bama to apologize and kiss yet more dictator booty.
It was a failure because JFK failed to give air support that he had promised. A tendency demonstrated by several
As a teenager, I had a chance to fly gunner on a B-26 for
that operation but it all fell through.
These guys never left the US Naval vessel and when the jig was up steamed back for Florida.
Yes but JFK got his just rewards. He left the Cuban freedom fighters to die and be captured. And... he got a bullet in the brain. There is justice.
...so THAT’S where Congressmen come from!
Not only did JFK withhold the promised air support, he later tried to ignore the efforts of 4 American airmen who tried to follow the original orders and support the desperate soldiers. Later, he and Robert F. Kennedy, tried to deny the soldier’s families the benefits they were due — essentially trying to erase their sacrifice from the history books, which historians and news people were only so happy to support.
The key to this operation was the failure of the CIA’s assassination attempts on Fidel Castro (via the Chicago mob). If they had succeeded in decapitating Cuba via Castro’s assassination, the support in the field would have folded and the revolution would have been over.
For those interested, please read Sy Hirsh’s “The Dark Side of Camelot” that takes the cover off of the JFK embellished history for all to see. It’s amazing to me that this book, published in the late 1990’s, was completely ignored by the mainstreams, trying to cover for the Knighted One.
It seems like we may be in for another presidency like that one. What a fiction!
I’ve noticed that there is no victory so sure that the leadership cannot snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Exactly. I’ve often wondered if our nation would’ve turned out better in the end if Nixon had been the one elected in 1960. This incident probably would’ve been handled better(no 50 years of Castro) and I don’t think Vietnam would’ve turned into the disaster it turned out to be under JFK and LBJ.
I agree, that book really lays out things in a well written and researched way.
My husband was a democrat at that time. He was also a Marine flying to the Bay of Pigs, when they got the call to turn back. That is how close we were. He said that's when he became a republican. All those needless deaths still haunt him.
Which the Russians took as a sign of weakness and then came the Cuban Missile Crises.
Over 100 of the attackers were killed, and more than 1,100 were captured.I wonder how long those 1,100 lived and what their life was like after their capture. I'm sure, given the choice, they would have preferred to be interred in GITMO than whatever it was they ended up with.
0bambi is going to go a long way to outdo Kennedy in the trachery department. He stabbed the Cubans in the back with the Bay of Pigs fiasco, he sold America down the river during the Cuban Missile Crisis and he could have avoided the disasters that he created in Vietnam. The troop, ships, planes and fighting will were there; all that we lacked was leadership.
Kennedy was a man who was a profile in treachery.
Indeed. I fail to see how Nixon could’ve been any worse. I also don’t think a Watergate-type of scandal would’ve occurred if Nixon had been elected in 1960. Of course, this is a “what if?” theory that can never be proven but it’s something to ponder.
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