222. 3/11/1961

“The same day [March 11, 1961] [National Security Advisor, McGeorge] Bundy signs National Security Action Memorandum 31 noting that ‘the President [John F. Kennedy] expects to authorize U.S. support for an appropriate number of patriotic Cubans to return to their homeland.’ Kennedy wants a plan to be prepared that would be less spectacular in execution, and therefore more plausible as an essentially Cuban operation. CIA officials, directed by [CIA Deputy Director of Plans, Richard] Bissell, scramble to come up with a new plan in less than three days.”

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

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