Have you ever noticed how the establishment lackeys in government and the media speak the word diplomacy?
It is as if diplomacy is the holy of all holies, separating the superior civilized elites from the knuckle dragging war mongers who just want to blow things up.
So we use diplomacy with genocidal mass murderers like Hitler and Stalin and most recently with the Butchers of Beijing and the Murdering Mullahs of Iran…
Hell, we even gave the Murdering Mullahs $150 billion to supposedly stop building up a nuclear arsenal complete with ballistic missiles that can reach Europe and even the USA.
But that’s the subject for another article that will elaborate on the North Korea – Iran axis.
“If the best minds in the world had set out to find us the worst possible location in the world to fight this damnable war, the unanimous choice would have been Korea.”
Those words were declared by Dean Acheson- Secretary of State under Harry Truman – on January 12, 1949, at a speech to the National Press Club.
They unleashed a maelstrom of war fought in the vicious heat of malarial swamps during summer and the soul piercing winds of winter – with almost nothing else in-between – during the Korean War.
Acheson told the world that Korea was not vital to America’ defense perimeter in Asia.
Naturally, the Communist North Koreans assumed we would not intervene if they invaded Korea – so they did.
On June 25, 1950, the North Korea People’s Army – NKPA from now on – invades with a horde of 135,000 well armed with artillery and tanks, wiping out the lightly armed troops belonging to the Republic of Korea – ROK – and by June 28, 1950, they take over Seoul.
On July 5, 1950, the U.S. Army enters the fray with the 24th Infantry Division Task Force Smith deployed from Japan.
Keep in mind that is this point the U.S. military is only a shell of the WWII juggernaut because of a policy of disarmament.
After all, we had diplomacy, didn’t we?
So, poorly equipped and vastly outnumbered, they battle the NKPA near Osan and get slaughtered with massive casualties – a shocking defeat.
By August 1st, 1950 the U.S. Army and ROK are cornered at the port city of Pusan.
The rest of Korea is held by the NKPA and the communist regime of Kim Il Sung – the sire of the Krazy Kims who has brought us to the brink of nuclear war.
The U.S. Eighth Army is rushed into Pusan and fends off attacking NKPA forces throughout August and September, establishing what is called the Pusan Perimeter around the port city.
The conquest of Korea is almost complete except for the comeback of a great American hero and military genius.
First, let’s get some historical perspective on the menace that exists today.
Korea has been a source of violent conflict going back to the 1894-1895 war between China and Japan over ownership of the Korean peninsula.
The Japanese, in particular, craved the natural resources of Korea – which they lacked and needed to become the dominant power in Asia – in addition to their push to take Manchuria away from China.
Russia also coveted territory in Korea, especially for the warm water port it would provide for a country that lacked and needed one to become a dominant power in the 20th century.
That sparks the Russo-Japanese War that ran from February 1904 to September 1905 – ending with Japan making Korea a “protectorate.”
By 1910 Japan officially declares Korea as a colonial possession.
In 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution – proving Evil is alive and well on planet Earth – breaks out in Russia and the Japanese take advantage of the chaos to grab a big chunk of eastern Siberia.
From 1931 through 1932 Japan takes advantage of China’s military weakness to seize Manchuria from China.
Later, in 1937, Japan finally gets around to declaring war on China.
August 10, 1945 – Imperial Japan is destroyed, and Communist Russia goes into the breach, taking Korean territory until stopping at the 38th Parallel on August 28, 1945…
Stopping because most of the natural resources – mineral and hydroelectric – are in the north, and they have access to a warm water port.
So they make nice with the Americans and divide Korea at the 38th Parallel.
The Russians are stunned with their good fortune and very pleased with America’s appeasement mentality.
By September 9, 1948, the Russians are gone from North Korea and the Communist Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – DPRK – is now the official ruling power of North Korea.
On October 2, 1949, the Mao’s red army conquest of China is complete, and the People’s Republic is declared as the Communist ruler of China
Soon after, the Communist take over of North Vietnam is complete, and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam is proclaimed by the government of Ho Chi Minh.
Elections are held on May 30, 1950, in South Korea – now the Republic of Korea – and antimilitary liberals take control of South Korea, keeping it’s military weak and poorly trained.
On June 25, 1950, South Korea was invaded by the North, and allied forces are pinned down at Pusan until September of 1950… when a war hero from WWII is summoned.
President Truman turned to General Douglas MacArthur who was governing Japan during its transition from monarchy to democracy with the sanction to turn the tide of the Korean War.
On the ground, American troops were actually commanded by General Mathew Ridgway – a hero of the European campaign during WWII – while General MacArthur directed American war efforts from Japan.
Against everyone’s advice, MacArthur successfully attacked the port of Inchon – near the 38th parallel – from the sea.
The NKPA crumbled under the assault of a pincer attack by American troops… the Eighth Army from Pusan and the X Corps from Inchon.
They drove the NKPA all the way to Yalu River near the Chinese border. Then complacency kicked in.
MacArthur ignored threats by the Chinese to invade Korea and underestimated their capabilities.
American soldiers, confident that the war was over, discarded their heavy gear.
On October 25, 1950, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army – PLA – slaughters ROK forces at Pukchin.
Hundreds of thousands of battle hardened troops – veterans of China’s civil war and fighting the Japanese during WWII – equipped with Soviet tanks and rifles – invade and launch a fierce assault.
The first battle between U.S. and Chinese forces takes place at Unsan on November 1, 1950.
Vastly outnumbered by the better equipped Chinese troops, the Americans are forced to retreat.
Soon after the X Corps travels by sea to join the Eighth Army in a slow retreat.
Both the 2nd Infantry Division at Kunu-Ri and the 1st Marine Division at Chosin Reservoir survive fierce battles – thanks to extreme courage and valor in battle – and emerge with few casualties despite being surrounded by PLA forces.
By January 4, 1951, the Americans are forced to retreat from Seoul to establish a new defensive perimeter south of the Han River, deep inside South Korea.
On January 24, 1951, a rearmed and restored Eight Army launches Operation Thunderbolt, a counter offensive that shreds NKA forces and begins a slow advance back to Seoul.
The Eight Army retakes Seoul on March 14, 1951, during Operation Ripper and on March 27 they take control of the 38th Parallel.
From the time that the Chinese crossed the Yalu river till April of 1951, General MacArthur and President Truman clashed on the how the war should be conducted and the ultimate objective to be achieved.
While Truman was willing to accept defeat at the hands of the Chinese, MacArthur insisted on taking a much more aggressive approach to the war.
He wanted to take the war to the Chinese, defeat the Communists and reunify the Korean Peninsula under an American friendly government.
Truman overruled him and prevented General MacArthur from achieving victory and saving us from the dangerous situation we face today.
General MacArthur expressed his dissent in a letter read by Representative Joseph Martin Jr. to House.
In the letter, MacArthur expressed his opposition to Truman’s appeasement with the declaration, “There is no substitute for victory.”
Making sure that he had the political flunkies manning the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, President Truman fired General MacArthur.
MacArthur came back to the United States to a hero’s welcome, including a ticker tape parade in San Francisco – that tells you how different America was compared to today.
A campaign for the Presidency was in the works.
Unfortunately, in tandem with a complicit press, establishment politicians held hearings to tarnish MacArthur’s reputation, and it worked.
Good soldiers don’t die; they fade away.
From then on the war was a standoff thanks to Truman’s appeasement.
On July 10, 1951, armistice negotiations commence between the PRC and the United States.
The Chinese take advantage of Truman’s weakness to drag out the negotiations so they can reinforce their troops and bulk up on armaments.
This leads to ferocious attacks against American and ROK outposts with precious American lives lost:
From July 17 through August 4, 1952, PLA troops attack with artillery they accumulated during armistice talks to drive out the 2nd Infantry Division from Outpost Old Baldy.
It takes several attempts before Americans are able to recapture the base.
The Battle for White Horse Mountain runs from October 6 through October 15, 1952. With the help of American air power and artillery, the ROK repulses the PLA.
On April 16, 1953, the Chinese attack the outpost known as Pork Chop Hill. Outnumbered Americans are attacked by an entire Chinese division fortified with heavy artillery.
Wave after wave of aggressive attacks by the Chinese, day after day, until July 11, 1953, the American military command decides defending the outpost is not worth the continuing loss of American lives.
Meanwhile, on May 28 and 29, 1953, despite suffering heavy casualties, wave after wave of Chinese soldiers assault the Nevada outpost complex.
With armistice negotiations near an end, the Eighth Army decides to withdraw from the Nevada outpost to avoid the unnecessary loss of American lives.
More outposts are abandoned to Chinese attackers as armistice negotiations wind down.
On July 27, 1953, the armistice – which is a cessation of warfare, not a peace treaty – is signed and establishes the demilitarized zone at the 38th Parallel.
Five years after defeating Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan we were unable to defeat a weaker enemy.
The war in Korea cost billions of dollars – over a trillion dollars by current valuation – and the lives of close to 40,000 American boys with another 100,000 wounded.
And for any surviving Korean War veterans, you had has much courage, grit and heroic fighting ability as any army in history. You took down over 2,500,000 North Korean and Chinese soldiers.
The armistice was signed by General Mark W. Clark who said, “I have the unenviable distinction of being the first US Army commander to sign an armistice without a victory.”
Little did General Clark realize that this was only the first of many wars in which our best young men would be shoved into the meat grinder of war only to be betrayed by their government back home for the sake of appeasing our enemies.
General Clark also wrote in his memoirs…
“My doubts were based on my conviction that the Communist enemy is a voracious beast. The more he is given, the hungrier he becomes. And as long as we of the free nations continue to lead from fear, to react from fright, he will be a well-fed enemy.”
Substitute Islamist for Communist and General Clark is a prophet.
But we have diplomacy, don’t we?
This article is a prelude to the next article which explores how we allowed nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology to fall into the hands of a psychotic punk who murders his own family.