226. 3/16/1961

“MAR 16, 1961: At 4:15 p.m., [Director of CIA, Allen] Dulles and [Deputy Director of Plans, Richard] Bissell present President [John F.] Kennedy with three alternative plans for the Cuban operation. His national security adviser reports that the CIA ‘has done a remarkable job of reframing the landing plan so as to make it unspectacular and quiet, and plausibly Cuban in its essentials,’ and has briefed Kennedy in advance on the proposals. The first option is a modification of the Trinidad Plan, the second targets an area on the northeast coast of Cuba, and the third, the so-called Zapata Plan, is an invasion at the Bay of Pigs. The President orders modifications of the Zapata Plan to make it appear more of an inside guerrilla-type operation.”

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

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