The 60's

Season 1 Episode 8

Bay of Pigs Declassified

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Aired Unknown May 29, 2009 on NBC
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Bay of Pigs Declassified
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The Bay of Pigs fiasco marked the first foreign policy defeat for the new Kennedy administration and the first time a CIA covert operation had been exposed to public scrutiny. More than one hundred U.S. backed invaders died at the Bay of Pigs, more than one thousand were captured. Kennedy called the invasion "the worst experience of my life." Military and political analysts called it "the perfect failure." It was one of the most extraordinary debacles of the Cold War. What exactly went wrong on that day in April, 1961---the day America lost it's first and most humiliating battle against Communism?moreless
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