Cuba, Intelligence, and the Cold War Term Paper by Nicky

Cuba, Intelligence, and the Cold War
A look at the role of intelligence in US relations with Cuba.
# 147076 | 3,391 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper addresses aspects of intelligence in the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, showing how intelligence works and does not work when used to its fullest extent. The Bay of Pigs invasion is described, including its background and why it failed. Then the paper gives an overview of the Cuban Missile Crisis and how it could have potentially lead to a nuclear war. The paper further examines these two events as a larger part of the Cold War. The paper concludes by stating that intelligence kept these events from being as dangerous as they could have been to the American people and the world.

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

From the Paper:

"Intelligence can play a critical role in the strategic interests of the US, but only if it is utilized correctly and consistently. Whether this was done in the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis will be discussed here. It would be easy to say that the Bay of Pigs invasion failed so the intelligence must not have been good, but that is not necessarily the case. There are other reasons why invasions can go awry and sometimes the intelligence that is given - and that is accurate - is also not acted upon in the way that it should be. These kinds of problems and others all affect the events that take place and that are related to intelligence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Diez Acosta, T. (2002). October 1962: The 'Missile' Crisis As Seen From Cuba; Pathfinder Press, New York.
  • Dobbs, M. (2008). One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War; Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
  • Faria, M.A., (2002). Cuba in Revolution--Escape from a Lost Paradise. Hacienda Publishing, Macon, Georgia.
  • Frankel, M. (2005). High Noon in the Cold War; Ballantine Books, 2004; Presidio Press (reprint).
  • Gaddis, C.L. (1997). We Now Know: Rethinking the Cold War. Clarendon Press.

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