On this day in 1950, President Truman ordered the U.S. Navy and Air Force into the Korean conflict following a call from the United Nations Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North. The first American ground forces to arrive were called Task Force Smith, which units barely slowed the advance of North Korean forces and, even reinforced, barely held the Pusan section until the end-around landing at Inchon, which cut off the North Koreans in the South, liberated Seoul, and routed the rest of the Godless Commies up almost to the Yalu. We should have nuked the Chi Com forces who entered the war in November and dared the Soviets to do anything about it. Alas, Truman was only for limited gains and that's what he got. The North Koreans got 6 decades of suffering and the Soviets and Chi Coms tried to advance their pernicious, anti human nature, never worked once, economic system to other places. Had we freed North Korea and shredded everyone coming to their aid, the Cold War might well have lasted a lot shorter period with fewer nations coming under Communism's decaying sway.
Labels: Korean War