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Re: Why Didn't the US Win In Korea?
In a message dated 9/23/02 7:38:21 PM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
But what if they'd been willing to commit a force several times that size to push us back from their critical border? They certainly could have put that many men under arms.
Like the US they had another higher priority item that they were working on, and that was taking Formosa. Helping the North Koreans rid the Americans and other forces from the border with China was one thing, but bringing Formosa under Mao's aegis was a far greater plum for them. Also, if we were to set up in a defensible line on the Yalu, there was another force on the east end of that boundary, the Soviet Army, and they weren't about to allow Americans to get that close to their border.