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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2008, 18:36:35 EDT »

Right.  All that negotiation to avoid nuclear war was just a fluke.
Considering that the Bay of Pigs disaster is probably one of the main factors behind the Cuban Missile crisis, that's called cleaning up for your horrendous mistakes, and who said Kennedy did the hard work resolving that one anyway?

Also, the Cold War revolved around showmanship, where American and Soviet leaders would make big boasts and look tough even though they rarely reflected reality or even sound policy.

The plural of "anecdote" is "anecdotes". Not "data".
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« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2008, 09:46:30 EDT »

Considering the pentagon wanted to invade and occupy Cuba directly, seeing that as the only option for neutralizing the threat of a Cuban launch platform, the buck stops with JFK for being the one to say no to the Generals and avoiding, at least, world war three.  Also, the Bay of Pigs was started by Eisenhower, who had been convinced by cuban exiles that with US backing and training they could overthrow Castro, saying he was an unpopular president.  Eisenhower greenlighted the operation, and JFK allowed it to launch.  All this was well before the Cuban missile crisis, by the way.  The horrific failure of security and American understanding of Cuban sentiments made it doomed at the start.  Ironically, JFK and Eisenhower had both been assured by the Exiles that the revolutionaries would be greeted as liberators.
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« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2008, 10:05:31 EDT »

Another reason for its failure was that JFK scaled back the operation which was intended to contain more support from the air force and navy because he didn't want the US to be tied to the attempt if it failed. Which it was anyways.

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