Essay about The Bay Of Pigs Intervention

1909 Words Nov 20th, 2016 8 Pages
There are several aspects of the cognitive approach that can be analyzed in the context of the Bay of Pigs intervention. I will first highlight some of the events leading up to the decision to intervene, then I will examine the particular aspects of the debates that led to the failure of the invasion and the capture of the U.S. forces.
In the 1950s, Cuba was a popular tourist and business destination for Americans. The U.S. had a strong trade relationship with Cuba, especially regarding the importing of sugar, which was their dominant crop, and the exporting of U.S. goods to Cuba (Alvarez, 2004). Then in 1959, Fidel Castro took control of the country and forced the prior leadership into exile (National Security Archive). In the beginning of Castro’s regime, the U.S. attempted to maintain friendly ties with the new administration and Castro and Vice President Richard Nixon met in Washington a few months after the revolution (National Security Archive). However, very quickly, the U.S. realized the dangers of a Castro regime, as he was rapidly starting to nationalize the banking, industry and commerce sectors in order to build a communist government. The U.S., under President Eisenhower, began a covert program to overthrow the Castro government, which included sabotage, propaganda, and small bombing missions. In December of 1960, the CIA began training a paramilitary group composed of Cuban exiles in Guatemala, which would soon be implemented in the Bay of Pigs invasion.…

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