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That Infernal Little Cuban RepublicThe United States and the Cuban Revolution$
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Lars Schoultz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832608

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888605_schoultz

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The Bay of Pigs

The Bay of Pigs

(p.142) 6 The Bay of Pigs
That Infernal Little Cuban Republic

Lars Schoultz

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the battle fought by Cuban patriots for the liberation of their homeland, as published in the press bulletin issued by the Cuban Revolutionary Council but written by CIA officer David Atlee Phillips. The morning after the assault, national security adviser McGeorge Bundy warned President John F. Kennedy, “I think you will find at noon that the situation in Cuba is not a bit good.” The Joint Chiefs of Staff may have approved the invasion, but Admiral Arleigh Burke's immediate reaction was to make certain that the Department of Defense did not take the blame, dictating a memorandum for the record during the ride back to the Pentagon: “Nobody knew what to do nor did the CIA who were running the operation and who were wholly responsible for the operation know what to do or what was happening.”

Keywords:   Cuban patriots, Cuban Revolutionary Council, CIA officer, David Atlee Phillips, national security adviser, McGeorge Bundy, John F. Kennedy

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