The Bay of Pigs: One of the Most Important Political Decisions in the History of the United States

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The Bay of Pigs was one of the most important political decisions in the history of the United States. The decisions that were made by President John F Kennedy showed us that the United States was far from perfect. The Bay of Pigs Invasion globally embarrassed the United States because of the lack of constructed thought put into it and its completely failed outcome.

The Bag of Pigs Invasion was an unsuccessful attempt by United States exiles to overthrow the government of the Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro. It occurred on April 17, 1961 when six ships departed from a port in Nicaragua and landed on Bahia de Cochinos (bay of pigs) on the southern coast of Cuba. This invasion was CIA backed and lead by about 1300 exiles armed with United
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The invasion was launched only 77 days after President John F. Kennedy took office, so obviously he was not the one who originated the ideas of this invasion. An invasion on Cuba had been in discussion and debated since the beginning of 1960.

In March of 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved a document prepared by the 5412 (Special Group) Committee at a National Security Council meeting called A Program of Covert Action against the Castro Regime. The plan included four major courses of action:
1) The creation of a responsible and unified Cuban opposition to the Castro regime located outside of Cuba,
2) The development of a means for mass communication to the Cuban people as part of a powerful propaganda offensive
3) The creation and development of a covert intelligence and action organization within Cuba which would respond to the orders and directions of the exile opposition 4) The development of a paramilitary force outside of Cuba for future guerrilla action.
These goals were to be achieved “in such a manner as to avoid any appearance of U.S. intervention.”

From there, the initial training for the invasion began. The CIA set up training camps in Guatemala, and within a couple of months, the operation had trained a small army for an assault landing and guerilla warfare. José Miró Cardona led the anti-Castro Cuban exiles in the United States. Cardona was a former member of Castro's government. After leaving Castro’s

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