Howard Jones, history professor at the University of Alabama, discusses the lesson of blowback not learned from the Bay of Pigs fiasco, how JFK’s attempt to maintain plausible deniability increased the invasion plan’s potential to fail, Castro’s post-invasion conversion to communism and alliance with the USSR and the tangled web of JFK assassination theories.
MP3 here. (28:04)
Howard Jones is a University Research Professor in the history department at the University of Alabama. He is the author of The Bay of Pigs, a volume in the “Pivotal Moments in American History” series, Death of a Generation: How the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War, Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War and many more books.
His current projects include War So Horrible: Union and Confederate Foreign Relations During the Civil War, My Lai, Theodore Roosevelt: Diplomat and Destiny at Sea: The Alabama Crisis During the Civil War.