i've never understood this one, and maybe it highlights my ignorance of the geopolitics in the early 1960s : why, if the US had a base in Guantanamo Bay did they have to assemble a rag tag army to dissimulate involvement ?
or would a push out of Guantanamo Bay have triggered a direct confrontation with the Soviet Union, whereas making it appear as if it was dissidents who made the invasion would not ?
As best I understand it the intent was to overthrow the Castro government but be able to claim that the counter-revolution was an undertaking by only Cubam ex-patriots.
Why any idiot would believe that is beyond me, and it is quite clear that Soviet intelligence was quite aware of what was really going on. I suspect that no confrontation ensued because the operation was screwed up beyond all recognition and the KGB was laughing too hard to breath properly.