180. 1/27/1961

“JAN 27, 1961: The Joint Chiefs of Staff send a memo to the Secretary of Defense [Robert McNamara] expressing their increasing concern that Cuba will become permanently established as a part of the Communist Bloc with disastrous consequences to the security of the Western Hemisphere. They also state their belief that the primary objective of the United States in Cuba should be the speedy overthrow of the Castro Government. The Joint Chiefs argue that the current Political Para Military Plan does not assure the accomplishment of the above objective and recommend that an overall U.S. Plan of Action for the overthrow of the Castro Government be developed by an Inter-Departmental Planning Group.”

“The Bay of Pigs Invasion/Playa Giron: A Chronology of Events,” The National Security Archive, NSArchive2.gwu.edu

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