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RE: Rhee and Chaing kai chek
Useful Idiot is a ver good term.
the feeling now the SK Rhee provoked the war as much as NK Kim wanted one
the feeling they both effectively brought in China, Russia and US and Allies
just to secure thier own part of the country. Another words China, Russia
and USA were all suckered into fightig each other. As it was we were
pitching for a fight also. When is got too costly nobody could pullout
I concur with Ed. Most of
the recent (last 10 years) items I have read on Rhee show that in many ways he
served the purpose of what the Communists call a "useful idiot" for MacArthur.
The constant claims that he was preparing to invade the north -- sans tanks,
heavy artillery, air support, and most importantly logistics -- make the
entire DPRK claim ludicrous.
The main problem here is an agenda that
wants to show the US was always wrong and that we were always the villians.
That's one of the pushes behind the hard left swerve to "prove" that we always
knew what Rhee was up to and that we "ordered" troops to massacre civilians.
Both things happened, but the concept of a systemic and commanded acceptance
of either one do not merit an answer.