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John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon both attacked revolutionary Cuba during the 1960 presidential campaign. Planning for a counter-revolutionary invasion organized by the CIA began under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Kennedy was briefed on the plan shortly after his inauguration.
On April 4, 1961, Kennedy gave his approval to the Bay of Pigs invasion. The counter-revolutionary assault was crushed by Cuba’s revolutionary government and the people in arms on April 17-19, becoming the first military defeat of U.S. imperialism in the Western hemisphere.
"Many in the progressive movement were rightfully on guard against the idea that JFK, with his promises of "Camelot" and a kinder and gentler society, had transcended his ruling class position and become a true friend of the civil rights and anti-war movements then on the rise. No such naive view was necessary, however, to come to the conclusion that the ultra-right and the intelligence agencies had wanted to get rid of the president. 
"First of all, they were vociferous in their hatred for Kennedy and all the liberals. They blamed Kennedy for the ignominious defeat of their mercenary Cuban troops at the Bay of Pigs. They knew Kennedy had pledged not to stage another invasion of Cuba if Khrushchev pulled out Soviet missiles, and saw that as a monumental sell-out."
- Deirdre Griswold, "Who Killed JFK?"

John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon both attacked revolutionary Cuba during the 1960 presidential campaign. Planning for a counter-revolutionary invasion organized by the CIA began under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Kennedy was briefed on the plan shortly after his inauguration.

On April 4, 1961, Kennedy gave his approval to the Bay of Pigs invasion. The counter-revolutionary assault was crushed by Cuba’s revolutionary government and the people in arms on April 17-19, becoming the first military defeat of U.S. imperialism in the Western hemisphere.

"Many in the progressive movement were rightfully on guard against the idea that JFK, with his promises of "Camelot" and a kinder and gentler society, had transcended his ruling class position and become a true friend of the civil rights and anti-war movements then on the rise. No such naive view was necessary, however, to come to the conclusion that the ultra-right and the intelligence agencies had wanted to get rid of the president. 

"First of all, they were vociferous in their hatred for Kennedy and all the liberals. They blamed Kennedy for the ignominious defeat of their mercenary Cuban troops at the Bay of Pigs. They knew Kennedy had pledged not to stage another invasion of Cuba if Khrushchev pulled out Soviet missiles, and saw that as a monumental sell-out."

- Deirdre Griswold, "Who Killed JFK?"

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