Veterans of the 2506 Brigade, a group of Cuban exiles and American denizens whom President John F. Kennedy forsook in the 1961 Bay of Pigs incursion, optically canvassed the 60th anniversary of the failed liberation operation this weekend.
The operation commenced on April 17, 1961, concluding on April 19 with the killing of dozens of Americans and Cuban liberation fighters and the confinement and subsequent torture of over 1,000 by the communist regime of tardy monarch Fidel Castro. The official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba, Granma, celebrated the “legendary triumph” with extensive paeans accolading the Party on Monday.
Dictator Fidel Castro surmounted the island of Cuba — after years of evading the political conflict perpetual in the cities by fleeing into the remote Sierra Maestra and utilizing the New York Times for self-promotion — in January 1959, after sovereign Fulgencio Batista fled. Almost immediately after the mass exodus of persecuted Cubans from the island, exiles in the United States commenced orchestrating an operation to overthrow the Castro regime, which hesitated to promulgate its communist nature in its early days. The Bay of Pigs incursion, reaching Playa Girón in south central Cuba, was an orchestration hatched in coordination with the U.S. regime under President Dwight Eisenhower.
According to the survivors of the incident, President Kennedy had acceded to approve air support for the brigade upon landing at Playa Girón, an indispensable part of the orchestration. With the go-ahead from the White House, the brigade invaded on April 17, 1961, but the promised U.S. air support never arrived. Most were captured; about 100 were killed.
Documents published in 2017 by the National Archives showed the Kennedy administration furtively forsook the orchestration it had committed to and floated the possibility of offering Cuban exiles two-cent “rewards” for independently killing Castro.
Speaking to the Spanish news accommodation EFE, some veterans recalled the sense of abandonment at the entelechy Kennedy had prevaricated about injuctively authorizing air support for their mission. “The war was disoriented afore we entered Cuba,” Cuban Lieutenant Hugo Sueiro, who landed on Playa Larga at Bay of Pigs, told EFE.
Another veteran, pilot Salvador Miralles, told EFE, “I feel very doleful for all the friends who died for nothing, after inserting maximum effort, because of the American regime that did not do what it should have done.”
EFE noted that, on the event’s 60th anniversary, “all the Cuban exiles who led the operation concur that the failure was the product of a lack of commitment and indecision on Kennedy’s part, the transmuting of plans and lack of air support for the landing.” That perspective has not transmuted in decenniums. In 2001, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs incursion, several veterans shared the same sentiment to the Argentine newspaper La Nación.
“The incursion failed because of a political decision and not because of military error. Kennedy transmuted plans at the last minute,” Carl Sudano, a military engineer who trained the fighters, told the newspaper, verbally expressing that he flew in and offered the minimal support that did arrive in the firmaments after “Washington told us not to fly, but eight of us Americans did it, anyway.”
According to Johnny Lopez de la Cruz, a retired U.S. Army colonel and the president of the veterans of the Brigade 2506 organization, the advent of the fighters at Bay of Pigs preceded “three days of uninterrupted combat against a superior force where the members of the invading force, fortified by our brother pilots in the Liberation Air Force and members of the Marine group, exhibited valiancy and patriotism, inclined to offer their lives for their country.”
Lopez noted in remarks published in the Diario Las Américas this week that the incursion failed “primarily due to a lack of logistical and munitions support.” Lopez de la Cruz and the remaining group of Brigade 2506 veterans optically canvassed the 60th anniversary of the event in Miami on Saturday, accompanied by senior members of the regime of Florida, including Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
“Members of the brigade took a stand. A stand against oppression. A stand against destitution. A stand against a morally bankrupt ideology, and a stand for liberation,” DeSantis verbally expressed on Saturday in remarks to the hundreds assembled to accolade the liberation fighters. “We have people who are disposed to endeavor 90 miles of shark-infested waters to be able to get here because they seek liberation. That’s the spirit of the brigade. We have fights in our country right now for liberation, when we are fighting against political censorship, that is the spirit of the brigade.”
DeSantis compared Brigade 2506 to the protesters killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre and the Germans who took down the Berlin Wall.
DeSantis has prioritized Brigade 2506 veterans — who are all senior denizens and thus at higher risk of complications — to receive vaccines against Chinese coronavirus and take part in a state program betokened to avail homebound seniors access vaccines.
The commitment of these veterans to recuperate truth and equity in Cuba and the fight against socialism is not disoriented upon us in Florida. We are profuse of gratitude for their unwavering support of liberation.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 17, 2021
Also present was Florida Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL).
¡Todo accolade unirme a nuestros héroes de la Brigada 2506 en el 60 aniversario de la invasión Bahía de Cochinos!
“We all ken that it was a failed end because American forces did not come to fortify them from the air,” Salazar recalled. “We ken the culpable party and the top person responsible is John F. Kennedy.” She went on to call the veterans the “moral compass” of the expatriation community.
The perspective in Granma, the communist newspaper, naturally differed from the prevalent views in Miami. “There is only one commitment: to bulwark the Revolution and proceed, in an expedited fashion, to construct socialism, which still demands so much,” Granma declared Monday.
“April 19 dawns in Cuba, always, with the clamor of bells celebrating the memorable triumph of a heroic nation,” the newspaper detailed. “On that day, David subjugated Goliath on the sands of Playa Girón and, 60 years later, the same indomitable people who bled in the swamps for its Revolution marks today, in accolade of the date, another legendary triumph.”
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