Bay of Pigs

The Bay of Pigs Invasion happened in 1961.The invasion was a failed attempt to be rid of Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator.The current reining president at the time it all started was President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Part way through though, President John F. Kennedy came to power.Some blame Kennedy for the failure of the invasion.This is how it all happened.
In 1952 a man by the name of Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar became dictator of Cuba.At the time the U.S. was very friendly to Cuba and Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar.Then Fidel Castro started to try to lead one rebellion after another against Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, and was jailed several times, before succeeding.Then in 1959 Fidel Castro became dictator of Cuba.
Right after Castro became dictator the Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA) started planning an attack on Cuba to overthrow Castro, an invasion.The invasion would take place in the Guantánamo Bay, the Bay of Pigs.The CIA set up a small group that worked on planning the invasion.They also trained Cuban exiles for the invasion on the island.
President Kennedy approved the invasion.On April 17, the U.S. armed about 1300 Cuban exiles with weapons.They started from the Bay of Pigs on the south coast.After thefirst few hours the U.S. could see that the exiles were very likely to lose.President Kennedy had the chance to use our air force to help aid the exiles but he decided otherwise.Castro's army crushed the invasion.By April 19, 90 exiles were dead and the rest taken hostage.
You can clearly see why some believe that President Kennedy was to blame for the unsuccessful attempt, because he could have helped those exiles fight.If President Kennedy would have let the U.S. Air Force help, there might not have been such a lose in life, or as many captured.Though what we don't know is if we did help, how many other countries might have joined the fight as allies to Cast…


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