197. 2/15/1961

“FEB 15, 1961: Thomas Mann, the assistant secretary of for Inter-American affairs, writes a memo to [David Dean] Rusk [U.S. Secretary of State] opposing the invasion. Mann notes that the CIA’s original plan is based on the assumption that the invasion will inspire a popular uprising which is unlikely to take place. ‘It therefore appears possible, even probable, that we would be faced with …a) abandoning the brigade to its fate, which would cost us dearly in prestige and respect or b) attempting execution of the plan to move the brigade into the mountains as guerrillas, which would pose a prolonged problem of air drops or supplies or c) overt U.S. military intervention.’ Mann argues that international law, the inability to hide the hand of the U.S., and the fact that Castroism would be more useful to the U.S. as a model of socioeconomic failure, rather than as a martyr or victor against U.S. intervention all are reasons to abandon the operation. ‘I therefore conclude it would not be in the national interest to proceed unilaterally to put this plan into execution.’”

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

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