Evaluating Jfk's Performance And Leadership

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Namuuna Bayasgalan Period 1 HH us history Summerize the following and evaluate JFK’s performance and leadership in these areas. - Bay of Pigs - Cuban Missile Crisis - Peace Corps - Space programs - Poverty and Civil Rights Bay of Pigs In 1959, an uprising led by Fidel Castro succeeded in overthrowing the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista. Many Americans applauded Castro’s success, and believed he would be democracy to Cuba. But Castro established a communist style dictatorship with strong ties to the Soviet Union. When Kennedy took office, the plan to overthrow Castro was already in works. The plan was called by anti-castro Cuban refugees trained and financed by the Central Intelligence Agency. Kennedy approved the plan to proceed. The invasion was a disaster. Nearly 1500 rebels were pinned down by the Cuban forces at Cuba’s Bay of Pigs on April 17, 1961. Kennedy vetoed any direct US involvement. Kennedy accepted full responsibility for the failed invasion. He was criticized by many. Cuban Missile Crisis…show more content…
During the summer of 1962, the flow of Soviet weapons to Cuba, including nuclear missiles, increased greatly. President Kennedy responded at first with a warning that the US would not tolerate the presence of offensive nuclear weapons on Cuba. On October 14, American U-2 planes took pictures as evidence for the president that the Soviets were secretly building missile bases on Cuba, and that some missiles were ready to launch and could reach US cities in minutes. The Soviet offered to remove the missiles in return asked America not to invade Cuba. President Kennedy agreed and the crisis
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