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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Incredible Stupidity of restarting the Korean War

Trump seems determined to start a war with both North Korea and South Korea. With North Korea he's threatening to attack them and he and Tillerson are talking about North Korean Aggression.

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters. [Guardian]

Then he says:

“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” the president added. [Guardian]

Meanwhile Trump is also threatening the South Koreans. Seems to be trying to destabilize the South and throw the election to anti-Americans. And wants South Korea to pay for the missiles we put in their to protect against North Korean Nuclear and conventional missiles.

"Trump told Reuters on Thursday that he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system." [Reuters]

Maybe the guy thinks this brinksmanship will lead to a deal. It could also provoke another bloody war.

Background

The Korean War was an incredibly bloody civil war we intervened in and fought on behalf of South Korea.

"On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south." [History]

The United States was driven back, almost out of the country. But then with reinforcements we drove the North Koreans first back to their own border. But then Truman and MacArthur started talking about the war as "a war to “liberate” the North from the communists." We Drove the North back almost into China. But then the Chinese came to the aid of the North Koreans and together they drove us back again. At that point Truman saw the logic of a greater war against China. MacArthur and some of his generals wanted to nuke the border with China. MacArthur saw "containment" or anything less than total warfare victory as "appeasement." The result was an internal clash.

"As President Truman looked for a way to prevent war with the Chinese, MacArthur did all he could to provoke it. Finally, in March 1951, he sent a letter to Joseph Martin, a House Republican leader who shared MacArthur’s support for declaring all-out war on China–and who could be counted upon to leak the letter to the press. “There is,” MacArthur wrote, “no substitute for victory” against international communism." [History]

Truman Fired MacArthur.

The war turned into a stalemate as we and the Chinese realized we really didn't want a war of total annihilation. From 1951-1953 the war settled into a Stalemate.

"in July 1953, the Korean War came to an end" [History]

It came to an end with an Armistice establishing a demilitarized zone and giving South Korea 1,500 square miles more territory but also a 3 mile wide demilitarized Zone.

The war still isn't really completely over. Both militaries still stand armed and ready to blow each other to smithereens.

http://www.history.com/topics/korean-war
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/28/donald-trump-warns-of-major-major-conflict-with-north-korea
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/27/trump-threatens-to-terminate-free-trade-deal-with-south-korea-says-he-wants-seoul-to-pay-for-thaad.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-southkorea-analysis-idUSKBN17U13O

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