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The story of the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs is one ofmismanagement overconfidence and lack of security The blame for thefailure of the operation falls directly in the lap of the CentralIntelligence Agency and a young president and his advisors The fall outfrom the invasion caused a rise in tension between the two greatsuperpowers and ironically 34 years after the event the person that theinvasion meant to topple Fidel Castro is still in power To understandthe origins of the invasion and its ramifications for the future it isfirst necessary to look at the invasion and its originsPart I The Invasion and its Origins The Bay of Pigs invasion of April 1961 started a few days before onApril 15th with the bombing of Cuba by what appeared to be defecting Cubanair force pilots At 6 am in the morning of that Saturday three Cubanmilitary bases were bombed by B-26 bombers The airfields at Camp LibertadSan Antonio de los Baos and Antonio Maceo airport at Santiago de Cuba werefired upon Seven people were killed at Libertad and forty-seven peoplewere killed at other sites on the island Two of the B-26s left Cuba and flew to Miami apparently to defect tothe United States The Cuban Revolutionary Council the government in exilein New York City released a statement saying that the bombings in Cuba were carried out by Cubans inside Cuba who were in contact with thetop command of the Revolutionary Council The New York Timesreporter covering the story alluded to something being wrong with the wholesituation when he wondered how the council knew the pilots were coming ifthe pilots had only decided to leave Cuba on Thursday after asuspected betrayal by a fellow pilot had precipitated a plot to strike Whatever the case the planes came down in Miami later that morning onelanded at Key West Naval
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