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Did the Bay of Pigs Attack Go Off Track Because It Was Supposed to Kick Off With The Assassination of Fidel Castro?

I've just finished reading Seymour Hersh's very interesting book The Dark Side of Camelot. He argues that the Bay of Pigs invasion went wrong in part because Castro was supposed to be killed by the time it started. When that didn't happen, the whole shebang began unraveling.

I wish I had read the book before I wrote about Maxwell Taylor in my own book The Generals. Hersh confirms my view that Taylor was a snake, and that the Kennedys (John and Robert) were taken in by him -- and that is one of the reasons we wound up in Vietnam, as they all showed each other how tough they were, and Taylor thought he had found a role for the Army in a nuclear world. 

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Churchill as a Poet

I was re-reading Churchill this summer a lot. For the first time, I began thinking of some of his great passages as arias or poems. For example, try this, with the words the same, but in the typography of a poem:

We shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence
and growing strength in the air.

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. 
We shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills.

We shall never surrender.

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