Today is the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
This event was a major milestone in the series of crucial factors that led to John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the coup d’etat by vice president Lyndon Johnson and the top elements of the national security state.
We now know that the Soviets knew in advance the date of the invasion.
We now know that Fidel Castro also knew in advance that the invasion was to take place and prepared his military forces for it.
And most importantly, we now know that the CIA and the Pentagon knew that both the Soviets and Cubans were aware of the invasion and set Kennedy up, forcing him to choose between launching massive U. S. air strikes to aid the anti-Castro brigades the CIA had covertly trained in Guatemala with a full U. S. military invasion aimed at regime change, or for JFK to accept disgrace and defeat because of his repeated stated policy to the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and CIA rejecting such overt military intervention.
Kennedy chose the later course, sticking with his principle of non-intervention by overt U. S. military forces in this matter, not wanting to risk a possible World War III confrontation with the Soviets. He later fired CIA director Allen Dulles, CIA deputy directors Richard Bissell and Charles Cabell (brother of the mayor of Dallas), and launched Operation Mongoose, the massive CIA covert operation aimed at Castro’s Cuba, under the supervision of his brother Robert Kennedy, the attorney general. The Joint Chiefs of Staff later responded with their Operation Northwoods proposal which Kennedy rejected.
Much of this same internecine intrigue would take place later during the Cuban Missile Crisis, where these same military and
intelligence elements tried to force Kennedy’s hand by their “rules of engagement” policy concerning U. S. responses to intelligence reconnaissance planes being fired upon by Cuban and Soviet troops, leading to a full scale U. S. military invasion of Cuba.
Once again JFK saw how he was being manipulated and boxed in, and opted for a solution avoiding full scale invasion of Cuba and the possibility of World War III with the Soviets.
When the top echelon of the military-industrial complex discovered that Kennedy was in regular contact with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev through covert back-channels to avoid any possibility of further nuclear confrontations or transforming the Cold War into World War III, this was the final decisive element which helped seal his fate on November 22, 1963.
They considered him a traitor to the national security state and had him executed in plain sight as a warning to all those who would thwart their will to power and dominance.1:12 pm on April 17, 2011 Email Charles Burris