Saturday, September 22, 2007

A colossal gaffe

War in Korea was provoked by “a colossal gaffe” — the failure of Secretary of State Dean Acheson in a routine speech to include non-Communist South Korea in America’s Asian “defense perimeter.” That oversight caused a reluctant Stalin to unleash North Korea’s army for what Kim promised would be a three-week blitzkrieg to reunite all Korea. He very nearly succeeded.—NYT

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Blogger Levi said...

Good god, that's jaw-dropping. Can that really be true? I may have to read the book just to see how Halberstam backs up that assertion. I knew that war was a horrible disaster for all involved, but that would add a whole new dimension of insanity.

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