Re-examine facts of forgotten war

DEAR EDITOR:

As important as the Korean War was, not much media attention was given to it.

In 1950, the world was too busy regrouping from the devastation of World War II. Because the war lasted only three years, some historians called it a conflict.

Many referred to it as the “forgotten war.” One surviving veteran said when he got home, he was all excited to tell about his experiences. his family, however, preferred watching the TV series “I Love Lucy.”

In light of the war rhetoric being exchanged between President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, it behooves us all to take another look at this forgotten war.

The U.S. lost 37,000 service members. The Chinese lost 114,000 soldiers. North Korea lost 215,000 soldiers. The Soviet Union provided North Korea with its tanks and artillery and lost only 315 soldiers.

When Gen. Douglas MacArthur recaptured South Korea from North Korea, his mission should have been over. No, he became ambitious. He wanted to reunite North Korea and South Korea with the city of Seoul as its capital.

If Kim is wrong for desiring a united Korean peninsula today, MacArthur was wrong for the same ambition 66 years ago. History students know that over-ambition resulted in China entering the war. The general was relieved of his duty by President Harry S. Truman and a peace agreement was signed July 27, 1953.

My opinion is that the president’s tough talk implies that he really doesn’t know the true relationship between China and North Korea. Foreign policy is ongoing. It didn’t just start when Donald Trump became president. If the president wants to know about the true nature of communist China and Russia, talk to Sen. John McCain.

It’s foolish to put your faith in the Aug. 5 United Resolution 2371. Talk to the vice president. You can’t trust a Chinese signature. Cuba is 90 miles away and the U.S. couldn’t stop the flow of Cuban cigars all over the world. No act will stop the flow of goods in and out of North Korea. Talk to Maxine Waters and Elizabeth Warren.

Talk to somebody.

ALFRED SPENCER

Warren

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