The Importance Of Kennedy's Sordid Affair

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Between 1,500 and 1,600 Cuban exiles were deployed to Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in several ships, but Castro’s troops were ready for them and no popular uprising ever occurred. The invaders pleaded for air support, and much to the shock of the CIA, Kennedy stood his ground in his refusal, fearing a Soviet counter move against West Berlin. The entire sordid affair had a profound effect on Kennedy, who told an influential journalist friend “the first advice I’m going to give my successor is to watch the generals and to avoid feeling their opinions on Military matters are worth a damn.” Publicly, Kennedy took full responsibility for the fiasco. Privately, however, he was furious at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calling them “sons of bitches” and those

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