Washington’s Pattern of Military Overreach

That’s the headline for my latest piece in The National Interest. Opening paras:

On October 1, 1950, the forces of a U.S.-led coalition, acting under the authority of a UN resolution, drove the forces of the Korean People’s Army across the 38th parallel and back into North Korea. It was the culmination of a string of stunning military victories.

From the surprise North Korean invasion in June, U.S.-led forces had taken just four months to mount an amphibious landing at Inchon, break out from defensive lines around Pusan and drive the KPA into headlong retreat.

With the North Korean forces routed, the United States was in a position to dictate the terms of peace. Instead (with Russia absent) the United States secured a UN resolution demanding the reunification of Korea. By October 19, U.S. forces had occupied Pyongyang (the first and almost certainly the only time the United States captured a communist capital). Not satisfied with this, General Douglas Macarthur pushed on rapidly. By the end of October, his forces were close to the Yalu River, marking the border with China.

28 thoughts on “Washington’s Pattern of Military Overreach

  1. Freelander wrote:
    Keeping yourself informed ~ reading dubious self-serving American reports. I could spend my time better looking for WMDs in Iraq.

    Had it not occurred to you that, perhaps, as a consequence of the discussion of the claimed reason for the current 10 year old Afghan war has been banned on a number of web sites, my post was somewhat tongue-in-cheek?

    Have you looked to the broadcast I linked to?

  2. Yes. Suppression of the truth seems to be a much more successful endeavour in our ‘free’ societies than it ever has been in ”closed ‘ societies.

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