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Bay Of Pigs Essay

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Why Did We Burn the Bacon? The BOP (Bay of Pigs) is one of the most well know plans for the invasion and protection from communism in the early 1960's. There were many reasons for this invasion and the most apparent one was to prevent the movement of communism into or near USA soil. Fidel Castro introduced himself into Cuban government in the late forties to early fifties and found himself dictator a few years later. When Castro took over as leader of Cuba in the mid fifties he wanted a change for his people. Fidel wanted to be a major power and protect himself from US involvement and anyone that was looking at this island as a good base for modern civilization. Castro started to gather arms and men to protect him from USA who were avid on preventing the spread of communism. This thought was told the best in the book Bay of Pigs Redux where the authors tell of how this action of gathering men and arms was a direct threat to American people (Christopher, Evens, Vistica, 161). With these actions that Fidel was taking in his newly appointed seat as leader of Cuba, it was easy to see that there was going to be complication and actions against him to see that he kept him and his thoughts off American soil. It was only time before someone was to take charge and to see that this kind of behavior was going to stay at a stand still. Soon after President Eisenhower discovered this, he put in plans for invasion on Cuba, later to be called the Bay of Pig (Dickey, Evan, Vistica, 181). Eisenhower put into affect three parts to his invasion, which consisted of Cuban exiles, propaganda, and lastly a take over of Cuban government. This all sounded good but what lied ahead would be a disaster in all three parts.As told in the book of Bay of Pigs Redux the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) was the leader in this fail proof plan, or what they thought was going to be the greatest hostile land takeover ever. The plan was soon known as the Bay of Pigs. The actual beginning of the Bay of Pigs invasion was at the beginning of the year 1959 and ended with a Cuban victory in April of 1961. Although they were to begin this invasion in 1959, it took until March of 1960 for President Eisenhower to authorize a titled document called, "A Program to Convert Action Agencies Against the Castro Regime". This document was to create a Cuban exile organization, which was to attack Cuban loyalties. The US figured that most of the power and money to support Fidel Castro came from high class, rich, Cuban political, and large family run industries. Although this seemed as a direct attack against all of the money and communications, the US needed another way to suppress his power. They soon created an intelligence and action apparatus to be responsive to this exile organization (110-120).The Cuban exile group was to be created with men who were trained and protected in fierce combat and had the ability to do things that most solders couldn't do like spy, go undercover, and most of all be...

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