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Bay of Pigs

This Book Will Completely Change How You See U.S.-Cuba Relations

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.03.2014 | World

From the clash at the Bay of Pigs to the Cuban missile crisis, American-Cuban relations have historically been perceived in as aggressive and confront...

It's Time to Talk About Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

Cuba is on the cusp of that change. And ninety miles north, so are we.

A FOIA Flaw and the Obama Administration's Failure to Fix It

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

On May 20, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the CIA's refusal to turn over under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), part five, of the draft history of the flawed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

From the Bay of Pigs to the 'Bay of Tweets'

Sarah Stephens | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Another covert action, another effort to conceal the truth from the American people, another deceit in our endless struggle to overthrow Cuba's government.

Why We Should Miss John F. Kennedy 50 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's a complex and fascinating set of situations, one which would undoubtedly engage Kennedy greatly. It's too bad he's not around to counsel Obama.

JFK's Real Legacy: Unintended Consequences of Needless Foreign Meddling

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

JFK's orchestration of the attempted overthrow of a foreign regime -- Fidel Castro's in Cuba -- is usually treated in American history as a one-off disaster from which JFK's presidency later recovered.

Obama And Syria: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan

Richard Brodsky | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

The real world tends to expose flaws in the best theories. Syria has done just that. However we come out on this debate, Obama's decision to delay action until Congress acts matters. His deferral to Congress builds a wall against cowboy military adventures in the future.

Complicated Cuba

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 07.11.2014 | Travel
Mary J. Loftus

My college-aged son is standing on the balcony of our room at the Habana Libre, made famous as the hotel where a young Fidel Castro set up camp for a few months after the 1959 Revolución. Havana stretches out before him, luminous in her dilapidated splendor.

Lamentation and Regrets

Richard Belzer | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Richard Belzer

On April 27, 1961, right after the Bay of Pigs debacle, President Kennedy made the following comments at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City... if only he had survived and was heeded, then July 4 would be a much more celebratory holiday instead of lamentation and regrets that course through our electorate!

President Hugo Chavez and America's "Backyard"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Hugo Chavez defied this history of power relations in the hemisphere. And for that defiance elite voices will vilify him, but a far larger number of people will see him as a hero.

Fidel Versus the Ghouls

Sarah Stephens | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Sarah Stephens

Since the Cold War, our country has had an unhealthy preoccupation with Fidel Castro's mortality. It's like a vestigial tail that our body politic refuses to shake.

Who Really 'Won' the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis?

Eric Margolis | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

When the Cuban missile crisis erupted 50 years ago this month, I was a student at Washington's Georgetown University Foreign Service School. Cuba was headline news. The Cold War was at its peak.

New RFK Documents Include Mafia Plan To Assassinate Castro

AP | LINDSEY ANDERSON | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

BOSTON — Lined pages with a doodle of the Liberty Bell and a CIA document outlining a Mafia-connected plan to assassinate Fidel Castro for $150,...

To Bomb Iran, or Not: What Would Ike Do?

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.03.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

If Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, should they be stopped before or after they may or may not have one? This is the scary, geo-political issue of the day involving the Middle East and therefore the world.

Ike and Tail Gunner Joe

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

Several people report they cannot forgive Eisenhower's moral and political failure to speak out and repudiate McCarthy. That is not how it went down with Ike, according to Jim Newton's excellent new biography, Eisenhower: The White House Years.

Elevating Ike: An Audiobook Review

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.29.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

If you're a hardcore Democrat, this audiobook could turn you around about the man.

Fidel Castro Had Prior Knowledge Of JFK Assassination, New Book Claims

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

A new book by a former CIA analyst provides evidence that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro may have had prior knowledge of President John F. Kennedy’s as...

US Releases CIA Documents On Bay Of Pigs Invasion

AP | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | Posted 10.16.2011 | Latino Voices

MIAMI — Newly declassified U.S. documents show a CIA operative accidentally fired on friendly pilots during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cub...

Tough

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Craig K. Comstock

Does a new U.S. President need to show he is tough by threatening or committing a violent act? Some say it's dangerous not to.

Honoring Our Fathers

Giancarlo Sopo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Giancarlo Sopo

Too many of our parents and grandparents have died in exile. Today, as the torch of freedom is passed to a new generation, we inherit with it an obligation to ensure that their hopes and dreams are realized.

The Bay of Pigs: Disaster and Triumph

Eugene Linden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Linden

Cuba may be one of the best-prepared nations to navigate what looks like a fossil fuel constrained future that the rest of the world may soon have to deal with. Sometimes good can come from having a superpower as an enemy.

Exclusive Preview of DC Comics' Cuba: My Revolution

Bryan Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bryan Young

I've long extolled the virtues of DC Comics and their Vertigo line of original graphic novels, and they've always been challenging the medium to do bigger and better things. Cuba: My Revolution beautifully tells the tale of a Cuba I'd never really read about.

The Perino Conundrum: PR's Expert Inexperts

Martin Luz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Luz

Sometimes a story just sticks with you. Such is the crazy and amusing story of Dana Perino - Bush's White House House Press Secretary - who admitted she had no idea what the Cuban Missile Crisis was.

Deciding How to Decide -- Making Critical Choices

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

Michael Roberto's unambiguous, extensive and genuinely engaging audio course is like having a heavyweight advisor on hand without the $500 hourly fee.

Robert McNamara and the 3.5 Miles not Taken

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

While it's an oversimplification to suggest McNamara was the primary artisan of Vietnam, we cannot diminish his tragic contribution to the war.