John F. Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs

  • 2013

John F. Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs

Author:
Ron Janowski
Abstract:

The paper is on the wielding of national power and influencing factors on the same in the context of John F. Kennedy’s handling of the Bay of Pigs, his first, and most disastrous, foray into international affairs. The paper outlines the multiple socio-political threads, both domestic and foreign, that fed into the resulting fiasco that threatened the viability of the Kennedy administration just three months after inauguration. It also highlights the resulting impacts of the Bay of Pigs on Kennedy and his administration in subsequent decisions, most notably the Cuban Missile Crisis eighteen months later.