New Documentary on Cuba Embargo — WWW Exclusive (Excerpt 2 of 4)

Excerpt II: From the Bay of Pigs to Kennedy’s Death

Curtis LeMay, JFK
President John F. Kennedy (right) with General Curtis LeMay (left) May 4, 1962 Photo credit: White House / JFK Library

On the occasion of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Havana, WhoWhatWhy is pleased to present these exclusive excerpts of a compelling new documentary on the history of Cuban-American relations and the embargo.

Rejected by the US and embraced by the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro and Cuba quickly were drawn into the maelstrom of the Cold War. But the “Maximum Leader” was not the only head of state who found himself in a perilous situation not of his own making.

Even before John F. Kennedy took office in 1961, plans were underway in Washington to overthrow Castro. Three months after his inauguration, the Bay of Pigs debacle happened under his watch. Undeterred, Kennedy’s military advisers and the CIA hoped the botched invasion would force him to start a war. But the young president did not budge…and that decision put him on a collision course with the same people who wanted to push him into conflict with Cuba.

The second excerpt of the documentary, which features WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker, takes a close look at the Bay of Pigs and its aftermath — in particular the role of the CIA and the Pentagon in Cuba’s fate.

We learn to what lengths the military went to push the US into war with the island nation. While America was scheming, the Soviet Union provided help — but not just economic in nature. When it began shipping offensive weapons to Cuba, it pushed the world to the brink of war between the two superpowers.

One of the reasons the situation did not escalate was the private correspondence between Kennedy and Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev at a time when hardliners in both countries wanted them to turn the Cold War hot. Two years after the two men averted the crisis, Khrushchev had been pushed out of power and Kennedy was assassinated.

Watch the truly fascinating second part of this documentary on the Cuban embargo.

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(9/25/2017 UPDATE):  Due to the filmmaker’s request, the original video WhoWhatWhy posted has now been replaced with a trailer and promo clip below.




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2 responses to “New Documentary on Cuba Embargo — WWW Exclusive (Excerpt 2 of 4)”

  1. 0040 says:

    I was a teenager when the Bay of Pigs happened my parents thought WW3 was imminent and developed a great love for JFK when he worked his way out of it, and the missile crisis that followed.

  2. Phillip Lacey says:

    The 425,000 of the “left over” Nazis let our of U.S Internment Camps worked from 1945 to 1949 worked their way back into Politics and Government and planned all the the Bay of Pigs and subsequent Vietnam War to destroy America – They were and still are very vindictive and costly to the World in money and people. Today the “Nazis” are called and known as “Gang Stalkers” International Terrorism U.S Title Code 18 – Both of the Kennedys’ brothers were killed by the “left over” Nazis. A lot of the 1960s’ Celebrities and other Popular peple were also targeted to destroy Americas “Happy Times” and the joy of Entertainment in America. They are Americas “Buzz Killers” and are still are killing people to this day through Assinations.

    • johndissed says:

      Thanks, troll.

    • Phillip Lacey says:

      I stated facts here and I hardly ever comment on any websites to be labeled a troll….

    • johndissed says:

      Under a documentary posting that finally tells the truth about the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, you offer a completely false narrative that is not supported by the facts. Why would anyone want to do that? And who stands to gain by confusing readers about these issues?

  3. artemis6 says:

    This is some fantastic history. Wish they could/would show this in schools…..