The Bay of Pigs

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The Bay of Pigs Invasion

Spencer Thompson


Mr. Figueira

December 17, 2011

On April 17, 1961, in Cuba, the United States of America was meant to be a part of an attack. Very many people were killed and the whole plan turned to utter failure. There are many embarrassing situations in United States’ history such as the Japanese-American Internment during World War II. From failure to overthrow Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba and losing many Cuban Exiles and American weaponry, decisions that were made to result in the failure to strategies that were proven non-useful in the ordeal are just a few reasons to prove that the Bay of Pigs Invasion was one of the most embarrassing chapters for the U.S.

With friction between the U.S. government and Castro's leftist communist regime increasing, President Dwight Eisenhower was led to take away diplomatic relations with Cuba. The fact that the United States’ government had a growing dislike of Fidel Castro’s communist led to the idea of an invasion attack on Cuba.

“On that unhappy island, as in so many other arenas of the contest for freedom, the news has grown worse instead of better. I have emphasized before that this was a struggle of Cuban patriots against a Cuban dictator. While we could not be expected to hide our sympathies, we made it repeatedly clear that the armed forces of this country would not intervene in any way,”[1]

Kennedy said this in his speech regarding the planned invasion of Cuba. He speaks of how American Soldiers were to not enter Cuba for the invasion but who was to enter the Bay of Pigs were approximately 1,300 Cuban Exiles armed with U.S. weapons. They landed at the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) at the Southern coast of the island of Cuba. In 1959, Fidel Castro had become the leader of Cuba. Castro, a communist, became hostile to the United States two years after he became the Cuban....
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