CIA Beach Party: The Bay Of Pigs

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CIA Beach Party: The Bay of Pigs By: Lee Mcginnis [pic] The United States Central Intelligence Agency spent its first two decades dealing with Communist incursions into western spheres of power in the same way: over throwing foreign governments from within. This response was the US golden standard until the CIA decided to try this against the great white whale of Communism in the western hemisphere: Castro’s Cuba. This doomed to fail from the start plan was executed in a series of errors that led several hundred Cuban exiles to slaughter against Cuba’s Military and bring the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon and signal a falling out of favor of the CIA among American government for the next twenty years until the Soviet…show more content…
This attacked failed with Castro and several others being put on trial. During this trial Castro gave his famous speech. His ending quote of: “I know that imprisonment will be harder for me than it has ever been for anyone, filled with cowardly threats and hideous cruelty. But I do not fear prison, as I do not fear the fury of the miserable tyrant who took the lives of 70 of my comrades. Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.” This is remembered as his most famous quote. However Castro was convicted and was released a short time later. After a short stint in prison Castro was released into exile in Mexico. While in Mexico Castro gathered a group of 82 other revolutionaries and began to plan another landing into Cuba. On December 2, 1956 Castro and his 82 companions landed near the Sierra Maestra Mountains in Cuba (7). His numbers were soon reduced by attacks by the troops of Cuba’s US backed dictator Batista (7). Cuba and his remaining followers fled to the mountains were his numbers grew bolstered by peasants and defecting soldiers who joined his guerrilla army. Batista grew worried over the rising popularity of Castro and sent in his army to destroy the band (7). Even with more advanced weaponry and a greater number of troops, Castro band defeated Batista’s troops handily and began to…show more content…
Of these captured rebels most of the leaders were put on show trials in Havana and executed and the rest were returned for $53 million in food and drugs from the United States (1). On December 29, 1962 a ceremony was held at the Orange Bowl for the returned exiles in which Kennedy promised that the exiles flag would someday fly over Havana and so far 48 years later it hasn’t happened (1). This disaster instead of destroying Kennedy led to his greatest triumph for which he is remembered: the Cuban Missile Crisis. After the failed invasion, the Soviet Union decided to protect Castro it would park intermediate range nuclear missile in Castro backyard within range of any US city. After the US discovered the presence of the missiles the US issued a naval quarantine of Cuba. This brought the world to the brink of nuclear war as Soviet ships approached the quarantine line, but at the last minute the ships turned back as part of the US/Soviet agreement to withdraw their missiles from Cuba and the US’ from Turkey and secret clause of agreement that the US would not invade Cuba

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