Bay of Pigs: CIA Knew before the Invasion that it was “Unachievable”/CIA & Ted Sorensen, Assassination Files

Bay of Pigs: CIA Knew before the Invasion that it was "Unachievable"/CIA & Ted Sorensen, Assassination Files

From: "JFK’s Sorensen Could Tell Pelosi a Thing or Two About the CIA"

By Jeff Stein

Former JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen with Obama

“Long after the operation’s failure,” Sorensen writes, “secret minutes emerged of a November 15, 1960, CIA meeting — prior to briefing the new president-elect — in which the CIA’s own reviewers concluded that the invasion was ‘unachievable — [with no] internal unrest earlier believed possible — nor will [Castro’s] defense permit the type [of] strike planned,’ the minutes said.”

Of course, CIA bosses were telling Kennedy the invasion was a slam-dunk.

“To me,” Sorensen writes, “that fiasco earned for the CIA the motto frequently ascribed to it: ‘Often wrong, but never in doubt.’” ...

Carter wanted to name Sorensen DCI, but the jackals at the CIA opposed the nomination:

...Retired CIA covert action operatives feared that I would strengthen the ongoing trend to oppose covert operations (true), he writes....

...Some old-time employees of the agency even opposed me because of JFK’s negative statements about the CIA after the Bay of Pigs, he says....

...Another remote possibility briefly crossed my mind — perhaps these operatives were acting to make certain I never got access to the agency files on President Kennedy’s assassination....

Years later, he writes,

...a stranger who introduced himself as a former (was he?) covert operations agent . . . acknowledged that some of the ‘dirty tricks’ and other opposition to my nomination had come from within the agency....

Indeed, Sorensen had “always wondered about” a newspaper column penned by “a conservative representative of the AFL-CIO, which worked closely with the CIA overseas.”

The article portrayed Sorensen speaking in support of a dissident worker at a Steelworkers Union meeting in Pittsburgh, “implying that it demonstrated anti-union sentiments” on his part. ...

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