Bay of Pigs Invasion

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Event.png Bay of Pigs Invasion (invasion,  mid-level deep event)  SpartacusRdf-icon.png
Bay of Pigs Invasion.jpg
DateMay 20 1961
Exposed byTad Szulc
DescriptionA probably deliberately failed attempt to invade Cuba by the CIA. This was very possibly an attempt to entrap JFK into full scale military action against Cuba.

Operational details

Jacob Esterline was a key organiser. He had second thoughts about it and wanted to resign, but was persuaded not to by the CIA Deputy Director for Plans, Richard M. Bissell Jr.[citation needed]


Fletcher Prouty reports that an investigation into the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion by John F. Kennedy determined that the key operational error was a failure to destroy all of the Cuban planes, which allowed them to destroy the supply boats for the invaders. This was traced to a miscommunication by McGeorge Bundy.[1]

Euphemistic use

When Richard Nixon refers to the "Bay of Pigs" many historians have conjectured that he was actually referring to the JFK Assassination.


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