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By Lucien S. Vandenbroucke

Long ago 3 many years, the U.S. govt has used specific operations time and again in order to in achieving key overseas coverage ambitions, reminiscent of within the overthrow of Fidel Castro in Cuba and the rescuing of yank hostages in Iran. a lot of those mystery missions performed through hugely knowledgeable commando forces have failed. In Perilous thoughts, Lucien Vandenbroucke examines the use and misuse of such targeted operations via an in-depth research of 4 operations--the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Sontay raid to rescue POWs in North Vietnam, the Mayaguez operation, and the Iran hostage rescue project. Drawing commonly on declassified govt files, interviews with key selection makers and members in those episodes, and different basic fabric, Perilous strategies identifies recurrent difficulties within the approach the U.S. govt has ready and accomplished such operations. those recurrent difficulties, defined via key members in those 4 particular operations, contain defective intelligence, terrible interagency and interservice cooperation and coordination, insufficient details and suggestion supplied to decisionmakers, wishful pondering at the a part of decisionmakers, and overcontrol of challenge execution from outdoor the theater of operations. Vandenbroucke additionally explores the level to which contemporary efforts to revitalize the U.S. operations power have addressed those difficulties, settling on extra adjustments that could enhance the government's skill to plot, overview, and execute such operations.

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For the executive branch, the ever-deteriorating relationship with Cuba, the existence of a now-powerful exile force, and the CIA's eagerness to strike at Castro were strong incentives to move against the Cuban regime. The project's momentum continued to grow. But although Eisenhower had become increasingly receptive to the scheme, he never gave the final go-ahead to execute the plan. Nor did the outgoing administration decide how far the United States should support the Brigade if it did go into action.

S. forces in combat if required. 59 As Dulles candidly wrote: [We] did not want to raise these issues—in an academic discussion—which might only harden the decision against the type of actions we required. We felt that when the chips were down—when the crisis arose in reality, any action required for success would be authorized rather than permit the enterprise to fail.... S. 61 The White House formally reviewed the CIA's three alternatives on March 15. The president and his advisers continued the review the next day.

In January, Pat M. Holt, a staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, received hints from CIA contacts that he should look into the agency's Cuban activities. Other CIA officers voiced concern at agency headquarters. As 18 Perilous Options the Eisenhower administration drew to a close, Richard Drain, chief of operations for the Cuban project, protested to Bisscll that the venture had become too large. The original scheme, Drain pointed out, was to send in people "in Castro fashion" and see what happened.

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