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The Failed Invasion

             The Cold War Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba went down in history as a disaster, but the one who took the responsibility for it, John F. Kennedy, clearly blamed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) when he fired the top three agents in charge of the operation. After the disaster, President Kennedy ordered a full investigation. The investigation was submitted in the form of a transcript on June 13, 1961, but did not become available to the public until twenty years later as a book called Operation Zapata, which was a code name for the invasion. Operation Zapata reveals testimonies of CIA agents and those involved in the invasion with their responses as to why the operation failed. With a close reading of the text along with other public known facts, one can see that it was the CIA that sabotaged the Bay of Pigs Invasion so that Kennedy would appear as an inept president.
             There are also links to President George H. W. Bush's involvement in the invasion. He did not become Director of the CIA until after the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1977, but questionable evidence shows that Bush started working for the agency in 1960 or 1961, using his oil business as a cover for clandestine activities. The presidency of his son, George W. Bush, is also currently being examined in respect with his father's.
             The top three agents of the CIA, Director Allen Dulles, Deputy Director General Pierre Cabell, and Deputy Director for Plans Richard Bissell planned and oversaw the Bay of Pigs Invasion. One of the first actions the CIA took that inevitably led to the Cuban expatriates' disaster was the location they chose for the invasion. They chose to land in the Bay of Pigs, an area that was swampy, secluded, and uninhibited, which would make it impossible for a spontaneous uprising. A disaster was waiting to happen; there was no way to communicate, no food, and nowhere to hide. .
             The area was also unsuitable for guerilla tactics, especially since there was nowhere to hide.

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