Dann757 wrote:I heard MacArthur wanted to go to all out war with the Chinese during the Korean conflict. He would have used nukes too, I gather. I heard Truman removed him, due to his immense popularity and that he was a political threat to Truman!
coaledsweat wrote:Dann757 wrote:I heard MacArthur wanted to go to all out war with the Chinese during the Korean conflict. He would have used nukes too, I gather. I heard Truman removed him, due to his immense popularity and that he was a political threat to Truman!
He did want to take out the Chinese. He was fired because he was told to keep his mouth shut and didn't.
franco b wrote:Truman lost his nerve and we now face a nuclear armed North Korea.
Carter lost his nerve and we now face a potential nuclear armed Iran.
coaledsweat wrote:To blame Truman for a nuclear armed North Korea is nonsense.
franco b wrote:I blamed Truman for not listening to our greatest General. He was fired for airing his views in the press.
The Korean war probably would not have occurred if Truman had not stated through his Sec. of State Dean Acheson that Korea was outside of our area of concern.
coaledsweat wrote:The Korean war would not have occurred if Truman what? It started when the north invaded the south, no other reason. And we didn't get involved because we had an "area of concern". We got into it because as a UN member nation we were obligated as it was a UN action, not a US one.
franco b wrote:The war started because North Korea thought the U.S. would not get involved because of that statement by the U.S. that Korea was not an area of concern. Do you really think that the U.S. would go to war at the instigation of the UN? It was the other way around. The U.S.got UN support. The tail doesn't wag the dog.
coaledsweat wrote:It doesn't matter what they thought the US was going to do. They invaded another country, that is what started the war. Not anything Truman said or did, nor the price of tea in China or any other reason but the invasion of their neighbor was the cause of the war. Tails don't bite.
franco b wrote:I agree. My point was that like ww 2 it could have been prevented by timely and forceful diplomacy and action long before things got to a boil instead of playing at it. Ask the 50,000 dead who died in vain, some of whom were my classmates