To what extent was the CIA's opposition to Fidel Castro's rule, along with its connections to the mafia, responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy?

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To what extent was the CIA’s opposition to Fidel Castro’s rule, along with its connections to the mafia, responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy?

Plan of Investigation:

In what ways did the CIA involve itself with the Cuban mafia and how was this supposed to overthrow Castro’s role? Also, what people and events made this plan backfire on the US to cause the assassination of President Kennedy? This investigation is to focus on these events and also to provide a background to place them with. By doing this, a couple different approaches are required. Historical books will qualify for a good introduction to such topics. Certain interpretations of documents, for example, the Inspectors General Report of 1967, will prove to be a reliable source also. And the limitations for both will be set in order to justify the amount of truth in each. Bringing this altogether, one will acquire a greater understanding of this particular time and place in history.

Summary of Evidence:

Fidel Castro and the presence of communists in his regime, coupled with the economic and military support of the Soviet Union, were constant irritants to large numbers of voters (Quirk, 347). Because the uprising of such powers near the United States borders, the CIA felt the need to try and eliminate them. In doing this, certain actions had taken place: the attempted murder of Fidel Castro, and the efforts to restore organized crime in Cuba (Scott, 1). These events may have become the source behind the reasoning to assassinate president Kennedy.

The revolution in Cuba delivered a serious blow to the US strategic and economic interests in Latin American countries. It violated two canons of Washingtons Latin American policy. First, the revolution annexed property belonging to the US. This was done with out compensation, which was a cardinal rule in the US economic expansion policies. Second, Castro’s actions were considered as being unacceptable when he had embraced communism and aligned Cuba with the Soviet Union. This action was a defiance of the ratified OAS position that communistic rule was incompatible with the Western Hemisphere way of life. With the establishment of a socialist economy, and by allying with the Soviet Union, Castro had aquired a strong opposition to the US superiority of Latin American countries (Wright, 57).

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Even though the Cuban Revolution was discouraging to the US, the threat of a Cuban-style revolution across the Latin American continent was considered to be a direct threat. Though we could survive the loss of a single island, the loss of an entire region would deliver a massive blow to our foreign policies. With the Fidel’s ideologies rising, the United States needed to take immediate action to deal with the fact that a hemisphere would be on the verge of revolution, not just Cuba itself (Wright, 58). On April 17, 1961, one thousand-three hundred members of the CIA counter-revolutionary ...

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