JFK’s Responsibility for Failure of BoP landing and subsequent effect on US policy decisions

JFK gets the exclusive blame for having taken the decisions that turned the Bay of Pigs into a total debacle. And this debacle set a precedent that influenced subsequent US policy makers in their treatment of the Cuban situation. By engineering our defeat @ Bay of Pigs and the resulting shaming of his presidency and the US as a nation, Kennedy ensured that no other US leader who was poised to influence Cuba on behalf of freedom would take any risk whatsoever that entailed action by force of arms but included the possibility (no matter how remote) of the defeat of a properly equipped invasion force of appropriate size by pro-Castro forces.

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