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What Really Happed at the Bay of Pigs

arch10 Wrote: Apr 19, 2014 11:07 AM
As I said above, Kennedy had been briefed extensively on the invasion when he as nominated by the democrats. As Commander in Chief he changed the plans!
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What Really Happed at the Bay of Pigs

arch10 Wrote: Apr 19, 2014 11:01 AM
The truth was, Kennedy knew all about the Cuban liberation force landing plans shortly after he was nominated. Knowing the republicans could not reveal the existence of the invasion force, in a debate he accused the Eisenhower Administration of being soft Castro. Nixon, of course, could not respond. Once in the Oval Office, Kennedy changed the Cuban force refugee command structure and directed they move the invasion from Cienfuegos near the Escambray Mountains, where the locals were anti-Castro. The new LZs were on Bay of Pigs - a swampy unpopulated area where cover was sparse, distant from other cuban dissidents with little chance of a popular uprising. The aircraft carrier USS Essex was 30 miles offshore with fighters and attack aircraft on the flight deck. There was ample bravery ashore and aboard the task force, but none in Washington. Three of my fellow cadets at Culver Military Academy were in the 1,800 man force. All were captured. One was executed. He was 21.
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