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US Involvement in Korean War
Korea is seven thousand miles from the United States and borders on both China and Russian, which both have had long histories of cultural, religious and commercial attachments. It is a peninsula attached to the mainland of Asia, meaning that people, and troops, could easily flow down to Korea from China and Russia on foot if they wished. It was also a truly poor country — poor in what the Western Powers had always craved: oil, gas, diamonds, and exotic minerals. It was just as significant to America as the man in the moon.
Therefore it is no surprise that every sane American military strategist had consistently advised that the US stay out of any troubles that might develop in Korea. The last thing we would want to do, they argued, was to subject any of the troops that we might put on that tiny peninsula to the angry masses of Asia.
But that is exactly what “Give ‘em Hell” Harry did.
In his cartoonish view of the world he was “drawing a line in the sand” against Communism. Forget that the Communists if they “won” would have had full possession of an impoverished land that no one else was really interested in. Forget that the US Military could wipe out Korea and its “communists” whenever it wanted to from bases in Guam and Japan. No. Harry was going to show those bustards that he was a tough guy.
So thanks to our Air Force’s very effective bombing campaigns (which were like target practices since there never was any real air opposition) and its extensive use of napalm, we burned down hundreds of villages with their houses of straw and wood and killed millions, for the sake of “Give ‘em Hell” Harry’s delusions. Delusions though they were, but shared by very many Americans.
For more information on U.S. involvement in the Korean War and why it led to the current nuclear proliferation crisis, read my book, “Give ’em Hell” Harry’s Liberation of Korea.