If my memory serves me right, the late Dr. Ray S. Cline was the CIA's Korea analyst.
I believe the CIA report referred to below overlooks:
- Mao Zedong owed Kim Il Sung a blood debt: After Japan's surrender in 1945, over 25,000 Koreans in China (ref. KIS memoirs) helped Mao defeat Chiang Kai Sek. This IOU is seldom mentioned in US studies.
- The US military was taken in by Rhee's boast that his boys could take Pyongyang in so many days. The fact that Seoul had a squadron of fighters and naval vessels before the war is seldom mentioned in US reports.
- Chiang Kai Sek's army was nothing but a loose alliance of war lords (much like in Afghanistan today), who had back-door dealings with Japanese and Mao forces. Chiang's generals padded their troop strength to fleece the Yanks. Gen. 'Vinegar' Stilwel was fired for suggesting that Uncle Sam get in bed with Mao.
- The CIA report states that Gen. Singlaub planted agents in NK as early in 1945. Any more info on this? Isn't the good general still alive?
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