Carrie wrote:a far cry from going after a completely hostile country that is under the wing of the world's only other super power.
But that's exactly why Kennedy -- and his advisors -- thought an invasion was necessary: the Soviets were arming Fidel, just 90 miles away from U.S. shores.
I don't begrudge him for authorizing the invasion; I just wish it would have been done properly. But given the Cold War climate at that time, with the Soviets being so provocative in Berlin, it's also understandable that Kennedy and team would use Cuban exiles rather than just kick ass.
What was Kennedy's alternative? Not authorize the Invasion. In which case the Soviets would have continued to arm Cuba, and probably would have installed the missiles anyway. The Soviets had been total pricks for the last 14 years, starting with the Berlin Blockade in '48. Then there were the crackdowns in Poland and Hungry in '56, followed by the Berlin Crisis in '61.
A showdown between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was almost inevitable. I don't think the Bay of Pigs, in the grand scheme of things, made much difference.
But that's just my interpretation of history. You can choose to interpret it differently. My feelings won't be hurt.