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Felix Rodriguez

Howard Jones, The Bay of Pigs, p. 60.

Maximo Gomez is described as "guerrilla chieftain during Cuba's war for independence of the 1890s."

Michael D. Morrissey, Bay of Pigs Revisited: http://www.serendipity.li/cia/bay-of-pigs.htm

Circa 1961: According to Cuban sources, however, writes Luis Aguilar in the introduction to Operation Zapata, "With the pretext of secrecy, no clear explanation of the expedition's objectives was given to the Cuban people, and no appeal was made to their anti-Communist feelings" (xii).  Indeed, it would have been quite a feat to let the Cuban people know about the impending invasion without letting Castro know too, and as it turned out, Castro was one of the first Cubans to hear about it. if the expected uprising failed to take place, the landing force would "go guerrilla," even though the troops had not been trained in guerrilla tactics and the area was highly unsuitable for them.  There was no place to hide, no way to communicate, no food, and no inhabitants to support them.  Aguilar quotes Maximo Gomez, the master tactician of guerrilla warfare during Cuba's war for independence, as referring to the Zapata Peninsula as a "geographical and military trap" (p. xiii).  Yet this was the area the CIA picked for the invasion, and they again succeeded in convincing the military, McNamara, and Rusk of the feasibility of the plan.  Admiral Burke told the Taylor committee that "if there were opposition and they could not hold it [the beach], they would slip through and become guerrillas" (p. 112).  Slip through to where? McNamara said "They would be split up into a guerrilla force and moved into the Escambrays" (p. 202), despite the fact that the Escambray mountains were 60 kilometers east of the landing point.  How would they get there? No motorized vehicles were landed with the troops.  

Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, Appendix B, Volume 3: Depositions: Byrne - C/CATF Current Section: C/CATF

Circa mid-1980s: Chief of the Central American Task Force, name unknown. (Christina Kalbouss was apparently a staff assistant on this matter - see http://li.proquest.com/elhpdf/histcontext/13745-S.rp.216.pdf Kalbouss is named on a handwritten note on p. 1077). "At that point, did you know Maximo Gomez as Felix Rodriguez?" "Yes." At p. 1198: "I was getting beat up severely by Don Gregg about the negative agency attitude about Maximo Gomez, Felix Rodriguez, who was really a good guy and not a bad guy and who had the best interests of the U.S. government at heart and so on..."

Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, Appendix B, Volume 7; Depositions: Cooper - Crawford Current Section: Corr, Edwin G.

Edwin G. Corr, who became the US Ambassador to El Salvador in 1985, also testified that Felix Rodriguez was the real name of Max Gomez, and he had instituted a particular type of (REDACTED) operation in Vietnam that was used in El Salvador as well.

Bill Simpich

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