JFK’s betrayal of Cuban freedom fighters and how he left these brave men to die at the Bay of Pigs

Many have been led to believe the Bay of Pigs invasion is a story of victory for Cuba’s socialist Castro dictatorship. In reality, the Bay of Pigs is a story of betrayal. A sinister deception by President John F. Kennedy, who lied to 1,400 courageous freedom fighters and left them to die on that beach.

John F. McManus explains at The New American:

Remembering the Bay of Pigs Betrayal

By April 17, 1961, after less than a week of action, 1,400 invaders at Cuba’s Bay of Pigs had been defeated and Fidel Castro had become the new David able to slay the mighty Goliath to his north. Castro’s unexpected victory assured the world that no U.S.-backed effort would likely succeed against communism. But the entire incident was a carefully planned betrayal and none of its planners were sufficiently held accountable for what they had arranged.

This author’s memory of that monstrous betrayal has just been stirred by the New York Times placement of a reminder for some — or an introduction for many — of the stunning 1961 defeat for the United States. It appeared in the Page Two spot chosen for a daily report headlined “On This Day in History.” The particular choice appearing on April 21 of this year devoted a mere five lines to inform readers that the 1961 Bay of Pigs incursion “had failed in Cuba” with a resulting “disastrous loss of prestige” and a heavy blow to “Yankee Imperialism.” That was obviously all anyone was supposed to recall or learn about the headline-grabbing 1961 incident.

There was no mention — not even a hint — that the ill-fated invasion was designed to fail from the start thereby elevating Castro to hero status. Nor was there any suggestion that what had occurred was precisely what had been planned by pro-communist State Department and CIA operatives in Washington. Some of the details about what actually happened do need airing even six decades later. So we accept that challenge and provide never-denied facts taken mostly from the late John Stormer’s 1964 book None Dare Call It Treason.

The Bay of Pigs volunteers were the 1,400 invaders of their own homeland trained in Central America for an operation planned and financed by the U.S. State Department and the CIA. They were Cuban patriots who were extremely anxious to recover their nation from its newly installed communist leader. They believed to a man that their effort would be supported by U.S. military might. At least, that’s what they were repeatedly told while preparing for the invasion. But the very opposite of what they were assured would occur turned into an unexpected victory for Castro and a huge black eye for the United States.

President Kennedy, in office only a few months, had approved the entire plan he was shown by State Department and CIA personnel. A key element of its success depended on U.S. military support from the air. Therefore, aircraft carriers had already been positioned offshore ready to send planes to destroy Castro’s tanks and scatter his forces. More air support from B-26 bombers stationed at bases close to Cuba were ready to aid in the assault by dropping bombs where needed. The planned action couldn’t fail to be anything but a success. But President Kennedy called off the key air support at the last moment. And that decision turned a certain victory into an ignominious defeat.

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2 thoughts on “JFK’s betrayal of Cuban freedom fighters and how he left these brave men to die at the Bay of Pigs”

  1. In a way, JFK couldn’t help it, and to some extent, it wasn’t his fault. He was what he was–which was not anywhere near what he was made out to be–and he was put in a position he could only PLAY, like a movie actor, at a time when that was not only inadequate but a recipe for disaster. Alas, it turned out to be Cuba’s disaster–and not once but twice. But yes, he was an SOB.

  2. And of course, members of “the family,” since they’re never going to ask our forgiveness, should at least studiously avoid all things Cuba, yet still feel entitled to cozy up to “Che” Guevara–as if he’d been some cute little enfant terrible. In other words, sencillamente no hay vergüenza.

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