Essay on Bay of Pigs: Historiography

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Michael Wolf
Dr. Brown
July, 08, 2013

The Bay of Pigs

On April, 17, 1961 the Bay of Pigs, the biggest foreign affairs disaster in U.S. history, occurred. At first the operation was supported but as the years went by the feelings of it changed, showing mostly in the policy changes of the some of the presidents over the next 49 years.
June 24 1961 reporter Stewart Alsop published an article in the Saturday Evening Post titled “The Lessons of the Cuban Disaster.” In this article Alsop describes what happened at the Bay of Pigs and why though it supported at the operations launch, and how such a short time later it was viewed as a disaster. Alsop explains how he interviewed several officials in Washington and how they
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This article was written from a 37-year perspective from the occurrence. In fact, the military view of the operation is different than what it had been. The military no longer considers Cuba a threat and looks back on the Bay of Pigs as an operation that should not have happened. Also within this article many different points on the mistakes that were made are presented, such as the failure to inform President Kennedy that the operation had lost its covert status or that for more than three months before the invasion, the operation was being publicized. Examples of how the views of Cuba were changing were evident in the policies that President Clinton enacted at this time in the name of Cuba and U.S. Relations. This article is a great example of how the views on Cuban relations changed due to the public and military view that Cuba is no longer a threat and the policy and views can continue to years after the event occurred.

“1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion” was first published by Anthony Depalma in The New York Times Upfront in 2011. In this article Depalma talks about the events leading up to and to include the Bay of Pigs as well as the point of views following. Depalma speaks of how Eisenhower ordered an embargo and how it was later strengthened by Kennedy. He later talks about how, in 2009, President Obama lifted some of the restrictions making it easier for Cuban-Americans to visit their family. He explains how

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