The Bay of Pigs invasion was one of the worst foreign policy decisions in U.S. history. The failed attempt to invade Cuba and overthrow Fidel Castro hurt America’s reputation. It also led to the Soviet Union sending more support to Cuba and almost caused a nuclear war.
Fidel Castro was a communist and an ally of the Soviet Union, so when he took over Cuba, folks in the U.S. were worried. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) came up with a plan to train Cuban refugees to fight. The plan was to send them back with some military support to start a revolution. It was believed that the locals would join the fight and that Castro could be defeated. The plan failed horribly.
The United States’ failure was a complete disaster. Castro used the failed invasion to get more military support from the Soviet Union. This led directly to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which almost caused a full-on nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union.