The Bay Of Pigs Invasion Of Cuba

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The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba by the United States on April 17, 1961 was in the planning stages before John F. Kennedy became America 's President. The plan was made by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) during the Eisenhower years, and JFK supported the decision with modifications. Kennedy’s goal was to remove Fidel Castro from power of Cuba, cut his ties with the Soviet Union and establish a friendly government of the United States. He wanted the invasion to seem just plainly anti-Castro, but the plan got leaked and when it actually did happen, nearly everything went wrong. The attempt was handled poorly and it made JFK look very bad. Even though Kennedy took the blame for it, it was not entirely his fault. To this day, Castro remains in power of Cuba and the United States does not have control of it at all.
On January 1, 1959, a young Cuban named Fidel Castro drove his army into Havana and overthrew General Fulgencio Batista, who was Cuba’s American-backed leader. The new Cuban leader was communist and supported by the Soviet Union. For the following two years, officials at the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency attempted to push Castro from power. President Eisenhower approved the program in March 1960. The CIA set up training camps in Guatemala, and by November the operation had trained a small army for an assault landing and guerilla warfare. Kennedy had inherited Eisenhower’s CIA campaign to train and

2 equip a guerilla army of Cuban
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