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Robert W. Merry, The National Interest
When the CIA’s 1961 anti-Castro operation known as the Bay of Pigs went belly up, President John F. Kennedy, freshly inaugurated, was outraged at the fiasco. He called into the Oval Office the three top CIA officials most directly responsible for the operation—Allen Dulles, director of Central Intelligence; Lieutenant General Charles Cabell, the agency’s deputy director; and Richard Bissell, deputy director for plans (espionage and clandestine operations). He told them they would all be fired.