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The story of the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs is one of mismanagement overconfidence and lack of security The blame for the failure of the operation falls directly in the lap of the Central Intelligence Agency and a young president and his advisors The fall out from the invasion caused a rise in tension between the two great superpowers and ironically 34 years after the event the person that the invasion meant to topple Fidel Castro is still in power To understand the origins of the invasion and its ramifications for the future it is first necessary to look at the invasion and its originsThe Bay of Pigs invasion of April 1961 started a few days before on April 15th with the bombing of Cuba by what appeared to be defecting Cuban air force pilots At 6 am in the morning of that Saturday three Cuban military bases were bombed by B-26 bombers Seven people were killed at Libertad and forty-seven people were killed at other sites on the island Two of the B-26s left Cuba and flew to Miami apparently to defect to the United States In the early hours of April 17th the assault on the Bay of Pigs began In the true cloak and dagger spirit of a movie the assault began at 2 am with a team of frogmen going ashore withorders to set up landing lights to indicate to the main assault force the precise location of their objectives as well as to clear the area of anything that may impede the main landing teams to be added when they arrived At 230 am and at 300 am two battalions came ashore at Playa Girn and one battalion at Playa Larga beaches The troops at Playa Girn had orders to move west northwest up the coast and meet with the troops at Playa Larga in the middle of the bay A small group
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