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The Bay of Pigs Invasion The story of the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs isone of mismanagement overconfidence and lack of security Theblame for the failure of the operation falls directly in the lap ofthe Central Intelligence Agency and a young president and hisadvisors The fall out from the invasion caused a rise in tensionbetween the two great superpowers and ironically 34 years after theevent the person that the invasion meant to topple Fidel Castrois still in power To understand the origins of the invasion andits ramifications for the future it is first necessary to look atthe invasion and its origins Part I The Invasion and its Origins The Bay of Pigs invasion of April 1961 started a few daysbefore on April 15th with the bombing of Cuba by what appeared tobe defecting Cuban air force pilots At 6 am in the morning ofthat Saturday three Cuban military bases were bombed by B-26bombers The airfields at Camp Libertad San Antonio de los Ba osand Antonio Maceo airport at Santiago de Cuba were fired upon Seven people were killed at Libertad and forty-seven people werekilled at other sites on the island Two of the B-26s left Cuba and flew to Miami apparently todefect to the United States The Cuban Revolutionary Council thegovernment in exile in New York City released a statement sayingthat the bombings in Cuba were carried out by Cubans insideCuba who were in contact with the top command of theRevolutionary Council The New York Times reportercovering the story alluded to something being wrong with the wholesituation when he wondered how the council knew the pilots werecoming if the pilots had only decided to leave Cuba on Thursdayafter a suspected betrayal by a fellow pilot hadprecipitated a plot to strike Whatever the case theplanes came down in Miami later that
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