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Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 1:35
Subject: The Big Bunglers
It is generally believed that the U.S. made an serious mistake in early
making public announcements about a U.S. defensive line in the western
which did not include Korea. These announcements by Acheson
were believed in Pyongyang, Beijing, and Moscow, resulting in Pyongyang
the green light to launch its invasion of South Korea.
Then Truman, against the advice of a chorus of "doves" in his
to defend Korea, after all.
It turns out, as described in the Venona papers, that the upper echelons
Democratic Party were riddled with Soviet agents, including some in the
I am unaware of any connection between the Soviet agents and the
policy itself. I suspect, however, that the connection, if it
existed, would have been in the form of misinterpretation provided by agents
-- leading to the Communists'
false belief that the U.S. would not respond.
Anyone care to shed light on this situation?
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