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The Bay of Pigs invasion and the U.S. response to the Cuban Missile Crisis were bothfailures of policy and planning within the U.S. government, although there was theopportunity within the U.S. Intelligence Community to spin the events in 1962 to makethe CIA as well as Washington look successful in the handling of events. Numerousfailures of analysis which correlate to research design were highlighted and demonstratethat detection and response could have been more timely, leading to an alternateoutcome which may have prevented the escalation of both the United States and theSoviet Union (Merom 1999, 70-72).The Bay of Pigs invasion was best suited, in spite of the risk, as a covert operation, due tothe strategic implications of overt aggression and the resulting condemnation within theinternational community. It was in the national interest for the United States to take theappearance of maintaining a higher ethical standard than the Soviet Union by not seeking

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Spring
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PHILIP FELLMAN

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