Preparedness Notes for Friday — April 17, 2020

On April 17, 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Due to the Cuba/Soviet intelligence network as well as loose talk by members of the brigade, which was repeated in US and foreign newspaper reports, the Cuban government knew, in advance, of the planned invasion. The Washington Post also reported that the Soviets knew the exact date of the attack, that the CIA was aware that they knew, and that the CIA did not inform president Kennedy.

Today’s guest article was too short to be considered as an entry for Round 88 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. And it was written by a personal friend, which also disqualifies it.

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        1. You really don’t know anything about Cuba under US rule,it made banana republics look really good. If you want a fair comparison try Haiti-200+ years of US interference. Look like a good place?

    1. Like we kept the Philippines. That led to a bloody war for independence by the Philipino people.
      The Philippine-American War, 1899–1902

      After its defeat in the Spanish-American War of 1898, Spain ceded its longstanding colony of the Philippines to the United States in the Treaty of Paris. On February 4, 1899, just two days before the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty, fighting broke out between American forces and Filipino nationalists led by Emilio Aguinaldo who sought independence rather than a change in colonial rulers. The ensuing Philippine-American War lasted three years and resulted in the death of over 4,200 American and over 20,000 Filipino combatants. As many as 200,000 Filipino civilians died from violence, famine, and disease.

      Our ancestors fought to be free from being a colony and our country has no business taking others peoples’ land and making them a colony.

      Carry on in grace

  1. ‘Due to the Cuba/Soviet intelligence network’ … (Cuba) ‘knew, in advance, of the planned invasion.’ … … I heard from soldiers that were wounded in Vietnam, that often, the North Vietnamese Army would know in advance, which Landing Zone would be used by the US Army helicopters on a particular day.

    The enemy would be waiting in large numbers to unload death on Americans, when they arrived. It would have been impossible to wait on ~all Landing Zones. It would have been impossible to guess correctly so many times. ‘Loose Lips’ do sink ships. There are spies and 5th Columnists.

    That’s all >history.

    Today, there are many Americans and our own politicians, that would like to see America-as-we-know-it, destroyed. These 5th Columnists now cheer and cover for Communist China. >Especially, during the Wuhan Flu Crisis.
    It’s time to Make America Great and Keep America Great.

    1. America had no place to be in Vietnam, Australians had no place being there, French had no place being there, been to Vietnam, what Westerners see as Communism, or neo Socialism does not and did not exist, was nothing of the sort, brainwashing by people in high places created that mess. Needless death all around.

      1. AS, thank you for your reply. My comment wasn’t about the purity of thoughts and actions in foreign countries. I was just trying to apply the lessons learned from the past, to problems we may face today.

        As Ol’ Remus might say, “If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, and starts quacking, don’t let the >loud quacking from the >ducks give your location and preps away.”
        Why a duck for an analogy? Because the Vietnam veterans coming home alive, gave the jaded response, “>Ducking-A, man!”

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