Before June 25, 1950, very
few Americans had ever heard of South Korea. When the invasion
of the south by North Korea began, the United States had absolutely
no reason to get involved in this conflict. Our military judgment
was that we could send a few thousand troops over and subdue
the north in short order. We thought they would run in fear
of our great military capability. Not quite! One thing I learned
after four years of military science and tactics was “never
underestimate the enemy”. What was our plan? Why did
we get ourselves involved in an unnecessary war so soon after
WWII? We found out very quickly that North Korea was not going
to be a pushover. Our aging B-29 fleet would pulverize every
inch of the north. Well not really, the MiG-15 put a stop
to our flights of bombers coming over from Japan and Okinawa.
Our highest ranking military leaders questioned General MacArthur
if he had any knowledge of repercussions from China and Russia
as we got near the Yalu River. He advised them not to worry
and to proceed with all speed to the Yalu. Then guess what?
Thousands of Chinese troops stormed across the Yalu catching
the U.S. unprepared either in manpower or equipment. A complete
disaster was in the making. The U.S. retreated in great haste
back toward the 38th parallel. We then decided maybe we should
talk to them to avoid a pending war with China. This soon
became "The wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Regardless of what the media
reported, in plain and simple language, we got beat and had
to run. When our troops returned home there were no parades
or waving flags. We were completely ignored, and still are
to this day. We had just participated in “The Forgotten
War”. This became the first war the U.S. became involved
in without a “will to win”.
The Korean War is long over
and we can forget it now. Well not exactly. You see our lack
of a will to win left the entire situation up in the air.
The great U.S. looked like a wimp. Who would have thought
that over 50 years later we would be faced with another threat
from North Korea, only this time with nuclear arms and a million
man army, well trained and disciplined. Did I mention the
real threat? They are controlled by a very dangerous madman
who hates the United States.