In your readings this week, you have examined how in 1961, the credibility of the new President, John F. Kennedy, and the United States, was damaged as a result of the Bay of Pigs debacle. Many historians have attributed the incident to Kennedy’s lack of experience in office, while others have blamed the Eisenhower Administration for hatching an unworkable invasion strategy of Cuba, and then “kicking the ball down the road” to the next Administration.
Given what we know now about Cuba and Castro, do you think that Kennedy made the right decision in not putting more resources into the Bay of Pigs invasion? Or do you think that the United States should have launched a full-scale invasion of the Caribbean island and deposed the Communist government there?
Also, in a larger sense, do you think that pre-emptive military invasions of other nations by the United States can ever be justified, as they were in the 2003 invasion of Iraq?