New Declassified Bay of Pigs Docs

Via the Miami Herald we find out that the CIA has declassified a cache of documents pertaining to the Bay of Pigs invasion. It’s basically more confirmation of what I’ve said here before, that Kennedy was more concerned with the political implications if US involvement was revealed than with the success of the actual mission.

The documents also underscore the extremes the United States went to maintain “plausible denial’’ of Washington’s role in the April 1961 invasion by CIA-trained Cuban exiles.

“These documents go to the heart of the historical debate over the Bay of Pigs — the issue of plausible denial,’’ said Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst at the National Security Archive, a Washington-based nonprofit research organization that had sought the documents for years and was instrumental in gaining their release.

Concerned that Washington’s hands could be traced to the invasion, the Kennedy administration kept scaling it back, said Kornbluh. It cut back on planned air raids on Cuban airfields and insisted on a problematic night-time landing of the invasion force.

By the way Kornbluh is a blowhard who is also an apologist for the castro regime.

I have previously written about Kennedy’s decision making process at the time of the invasion. Here it is in its entirety:

Plausible Deniability
by Henry Gomez

By now we all know that the idea of the Bay of Pigs invasion was born in the Eisenhower administration and that there were many strategic and tactical errors committed in its planning and implementation. We also know that the decision to hold back American air support was a crucial one because without air superiority any invasion was destined to fail. The reason for the decision was ostensibly to keep up the curtain of “plausible deniability.” In doing so John F. Kennedy and “the best and the brightest” put secrecy ahead of success when they inherited the operation.

When you look at the invasion and the two goals (success and deniability) we see that there could only have been four outcomes. They are listed here, from most desirable to least desirable.

  1. Invasion a success, US deniability maintained.
  2. Invasion a success, US deniability not maintained.
  3. Invasion a failure, US deniability maintained.
  4. Invasion a failure, US deniability not maintained.

The above ranking assumes that the strategic goal of having the invasion succeed was at least as important to Kennedy and his advisers as the political goal of keeping US involvement secret. But looking back it’s obvious, this was not the case, that in Kennedy’s mind number 2 and number 3 were swapped. The political goal of keeping US hands “clean” was more important than stopping castro. The men of the 2506 Brigade became political pawns. A failed operation would be acceptable as long as the US could maintain that it wasn’t involved.

Of course, in hindsight, we know that ironically Kennedy ended up with number 4, the worst of all possible outcomes. The invasion failed and plausible deniability was blown out of the water. How could “the best and the brightest” have miscalculated and underestimated the media and the intelligence of American people? How could plausible deniability outweigh righting a wrong? 47 years later the Cuban people are still paying for Kennedy’s mistakes. Mistakes that may have cost him his life if you are inclined to believe that castro was responsible for Kennedy’s assassination.

JFK’s cabinet

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I can’t believe there are still Cuban-Americans that still don’t understand that Kennedy sold the Brigade down the river as part of his own political machinations.

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7 thoughts on “New Declassified Bay of Pigs Docs”

  1. The mere mention of Kennedy, especially JFK but really any member of that brood, should fill any self-respecting Cuban with visceral revulsion. I don’t believe in Cuban-Americans not understanding what Kennedy did, but some of them, as has always been the case, put convenience and/or gain above honor.

  2. I can still remember watching the news on TV as a newly-arrived Pedro Pan in Alburquerque(my sisters and I had arrived two days before). I couldn’t believe JKF would renege on his promise to give our men air cover! To this day I am convinced that mistake cost JFK his life. By the time JFK was assasinated my family had arrived and we were living in DC. Thousands filed past JFK’s remains lying in state at the Capitol, including the rest of my family, but I couldn’t bring myself to go. I can never forget how he betrayed us!

    The enormity of that betrayal has become greater with the passing years as we watch our beloved island and our brothers there sink further into misery and depravity. When will it end?

  3. Given his mindset and priorities, JFK should have cancelled the whole operation. That would have been FAR more honorable, sensible and cost-effective than what he wound up doing, which was pure infamy. He wasn’t just morally reprehensible, to put it mildly; he was also incompetent and dangerously arrogant. Sound familiar?

  4. Asombra,

    I was speaking about a specific young Cuban-American who I know that unfortunately has fallen for Democrat propaganda and as such he believes in the mythologized JFK despite the fact that his dad was a brigadista. I believe he’s earnest but misinformed.

  5. Henry, if he’s bought into the tattered and threadbare JFK myth at this very late date, he’s worse than misinformed, however earnest. If he really believes the stuff, he’s simply pitiful, most especially if his father was a brigadista (which suggests serious psychological issues). A Cuban Democrat is bad enough; a Cuban who even remotely admires JFK is quite beyond the pale. My condolences all around.

  6. “he believes in the mythologized JFK despite the fact that his dad was a brigadista. I believe he’s earnest but misinformed.”

    Sorry Henry, but I think your friend is an idiot…

  7. The real issue, of course, was not how things would turn out for the US, but how they would affect Kennedy, his image and position, and his political career. It’s quite clear that, for all practical purpose, he might as well have been playing with toy soldiers; the Cuban brigade members were mere pawns, objects, utterly inconsequential as human beings. Hell, Cuba and all of its people were both inconsequential and expendable, which is why they were sold to the USSR to get JFK out of the Missile Crisis jam, which he had largely set himself up for. He snatched a false victory out of the jaws of contemptible ineptitude, made all the worse by hubris.

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