Every couple of years, for the past 40 or so, more stuff on the Bay of Pigs gets breathlessly “declassified!” blah…blah..blah generating more books and articles and symposiums…blah…blah…blah by “scholars” and “experts.”
As a professional duty I’ve read all of it–and you know what?
Every Cuban in the U.S. knew all this stuff in 1961–at least by 1962 when the Bay of Pigs prisoners came back and our famous radio bemba cranked up. There’s really nothing new under the sun. The canceled air strikes doomed the invasion. The decision was JFK’s. Period. End of story. Kennedy and his cabinet and advisors were all typical Ivy League liberals ashamed of “cowboy” or “gunboat” diplomacy. Period. End of story.
There’s really nothing to add to Eddie Ferrer’s Operation Puma (1974)–or even to Mario Lazo’s Dagger in the Heart. (1968.) The essentials were all there…Y PAL CARAJO!
But given that both Ferrer and Lazo were anti-communist Cubans (Lazo was also a U.S. citizen) their books (naturally) never got the traction they deserved in “scholarly” circles. If you’re interested in the nitty-gritty spare yourselves all the trouble and all the “scholarly” mumbo-jumbo and read those two books, along with Grayston Lynch’s Decision to Disaster. It’s all there…Y PAL CARAJO!