What's that smell? Why, it's a Bay of Pigs

When I point out to conservatives the list of crimes perpetrated by the Bush family and/or members of the Rove administration, I have noticed a tendency to dismiss the crimes with a flippant “sounds like the Kennedys”. Why are they so intent on smearing a great man like Kennedy?

1961 - The Bay of Pigs invasion fails. Right-wingers blame Kennedy for failure to provide air cover. CIA loses 15 men, another 1100 are imprisoned.
Due to persistent problems with the CIA and their continual involvement in matters which were not their concern, Kennedy declared that he was going to shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter them to the winds. Kennedy was apparently going to leave their destruction until after the next election but did start withdrawing troops from Vietnam, much to the dislike of the CIA.
Here is a copy of the ship registry of ships involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion. Two ships were “Houston” and “Barbara”.

Bush was living in Houston in 1961 during the planning of the invasion. Bush’s wife’s name is, of course, Barbara.
The CIA presents three alternative invasion scenarios to the Working Group of the Joint Staff who review the plans and choose the alternative recommended by the Working Group - the Zapata Plan, which involves a landing at the Bay of Pigs.

Bush bought subsidiary Zapata Off-Shore from his partners and went into business on his own in 1954. By 1958, the new company was drilling on the Cay Sal Bank in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. These islands had been leased to Nixon supporter and CIA contractor Howard Hughes the previous year and were later used as a base for CIA raids on Cuba. The CIA was using companies like Zapata to stage and supply secret missions attacking Fidel Castro’s Cuban government in advance of the Bay of Pigs invasion. In 1981, all Securities and Exchange Commission filings for Zapata Off-Shore between 1960 and 1966 were destroyed. In other words, the year Bush became vice president, important records detailing his years at his drilling company disappeared.
Before dead bodies become skeletons in the closet, they really stink a lot.