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An Anniversary of Heroism and Shame: The Bay of Pigs (This day on April 17, 1961)
American Thinker ^ | April 17, 2012 | Humberto Fontova

Posted on 04/17/2012 1:31:34 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA

"They fought like tigers," writes the CIA officer who helped train the Cubans who splashed ashore at the Bay of Pigs 51 years ago today. "But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach." That CIA man, Grayston Lynch, knew something about fighting - and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, The Battle of the Bulge and Korea's Heartbreak Ridge. But in those battles Lynch and his band of brothers counted on the support of their Commander in Chief.

At the Bay of Pigs, Grayston Lynch (an American) and his band of brothers (Cubans) learned - first in speechless shock and finally in burning rage - that their most powerful enemies were not Castro's Soviet-armed soldiers massing in nearby Santa Clara, but the Ivy League's Best and Brightest dithering in Washington. Lynch trained, in his own words, "mostly brave boys who had never before fired a shot in anger" - college students, farmers, doctors, common laborers, whites, blacks, mulattoes. They were known as La Brigada 2506, an almost precise cross-section of Cuban society of the time. The Brigada included....,continued

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TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bayofpigs; cuba; kennedy
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To: yarddog

I really don’t know. I so detested Kennedy that I’m willing to believe him capable of any evil.


21 posted on 04/17/2012 7:23:38 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: yarddog
-"I am sure I read somewhere a long time ago that Khrushchev phoned Kennedy after the invasion began and scared him so badly that Kennedy was literally trembling."

-"That is when Kennedy called off the promised air support."

The Soviets did not become involved in Cuba until after the Bay of Pigs invasion. Prior to that, there were no Soviets in Cuba to have caused them to force any issue on the Americans over Cuba.

22 posted on 04/18/2012 8:36:08 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: LibFreeUSA
I wrote a screenplay with the title Bay of Pigs that was almost funded by the exile community in Miami. In doing the research I was able to get a look at slightly redacted CIA docs. I was also able to talk to a few members of the Brigade.

One thing I learned that is almost always left out of the story is the existence of Operation 40. This was a CIA founded and funded team of covert ops guys and assassins. They were along for the invasion but never left the safety of their transport.

It is widely believed that their mission was two-fold --- first, to follow the fighting and eliminate any communist leaders who may have been captured --- second, to eliminate brigage leaders once things were under control. The idea was to guarantee a trujillo-like dictatorship to do our bidding.

There is support for this in the CIA docs.

23 posted on 04/18/2012 9:39:17 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: LibFreeUSA

I have been trying to figure out if there was something I did not understand in your strange post.

I can’t unless you are a Communist yourself. The Soviets were involved in Cuba when Castro was still in the mountains tho they were probably still trying to keep it secret.

It was soviet tanks which broke the invasion. I have wondered if it was actually Soviet pilots flying Castro’s jets but admit I don’t know.


24 posted on 04/18/2012 7:11:16 PM PDT by yarddog
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