The Bay of Pigs Invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Bay of Pigs Invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis
Looks at the use of intelligence by both the US and Cuba during the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis.
# 147940 | 2,670 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper indicates that there were serious intelligence concerns in both the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis with negative results for both the American and Cuban people and that led to further problems with the Cold War and other relationships. Next, the author reviews the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban missile crisis and the role of the Cold War in Cuban intelligence. The paper does conclude that, despite mistakes made, in general, intelligence did prevent Cuba from having Soviet-built missiles. This paper has end notes instead of a bibliography.

Table of Contents:
The Bay of Pigs Invasion
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cold War - Its Role in Cuban Intelligence

From the Paper:

"In 1961, the Bay of Pigs invasion was designed to overthrow the Cuban government, led by Fidel Castro . A force of American immigrants who had been exiled from Cuba and trained by the US was used in that attempt. The attempt was unsuccessful, and the immigrants were supposed to invade southwest Cuba . They were given help by the US Air Force. The invasion planning had begun in 1960, and the funding for it began at that time, as well. However, the actual invasion was not carried out until April of the next year .
The way that the invasion was planned relied heavily on intelligence. A battalion of people cannot just go into a country and try to overthrow it without some planning. They have to have some idea of what they are doing and why they are doing it, and they also need to know what tactics should be employed, where the best place to strike can be found, and where to locate any other people who they might be looking for. These kinds of things are what intelligence is for and one of the main reasons behind it. However, getting that intelligence - and getting it correctly - can be a serious issue for a lot of countries both during war time and when things are mostly peaceful.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hagedorn, D. (2006). Latin American Air Wars & Aircraft. Hikoki.
  • Lynch, G.L. (2000). Decision for Disaster: Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs. Potomac Books, Dulles, Virginia.
  • Faria, M.A., (2002). Cuba in Revolution--Escape from a Lost Paradise. Hacienda Publishing, Macon, Georgia.
  • Dobbs, M. (2008). One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War; Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
  • Diez Acosta, T. (2002). October 1962: The 'Missile' Crisis As Seen From Cuba; Pathfinder Press, New York.

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