October 8, 2009

WE OWED THEM BETTER, WE OWED THEM REGIME CHANGE:

Command Performance: With U.S. forces in Korea beleaguered and demoralized in 1950, American prestige and the future of South Korea hung in the balance. Then Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway took charge: An adaptation of The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War (David Halberstam, November 2007, Smithsonian magazine)

He was, moreover, a strategic genius. Immediately upon arriving in Korea, he had sized up the situation, soon discerning that the Chinese were ill-equipped and under-supplied. The key, he believed, would be to bring in American firepower, inflicting casualties on the Chinese until a stalemate was achieved. Only then, he was convinced, would the enemy be persuaded to come to the negotiating table.

In every respect, his analysis proved prescient.


And catastrophic for the Chinese and North Koreans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2009 6:05 AM
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