TALK & OPINIONS BY SILVIO CANTO JR.

We discuss politics, sports and a few extras!

June 25 1950: The Korean War

leave a comment »

2d91bf02f20f028f6493d245403faa2b

 

On this day in 1950, North Korean forces invaded the South and The Korean War was on:     

On June 25, 1950, North Korean forces surprised the South Korean army (and the small U.S. force stationed in the country), and quickly headed toward the capital city of Seoul. The United States responded by pushing a resolution through the U.N.’s Security Council calling for military assistance to South Korea. (Russia was not present to veto the action as it was boycotting the Security Council at the time.)

With this resolution in hand, President Harry S. Truman rapidly dispatched U.S. land, air, and sea forces to Korea to engage in what he termed a “police action.” The American intervention turned the tide, and U.S. and South Korean forces marched into North Korea. This action, however, prompted the massive intervention of communist Chinese forces in late 1950. The war in Korea subsequently bogged down into a bloody stalemate.

In 1953, the United States and North Korea signed a cease-fire that ended the conflict. The cease-fire agreement also resulted in the continued division of North and South Korea at just about the same geographical point as before the conflict.

The Korean War was the first “hot” war of the Cold War. Over 55,000 American troops were killed in the conflict. Korea was the first “limited war,” one in which the U.S. aim was not the complete and total defeat of the enemy, but rather the “limited” goal of protecting South Korea. 

The war became very unpopular and President Truman left office with very low approval rates.  

In retrospect, President Truman never went to the US Congress for a war resolution and that was a big mistake.      

In 1953, President Eisenhower kept a military presence in South Korea after the ceasefire.     It allowed South Korea to grow into a prosperous nation and a huge contrast to the poor North.

 

Advertisements

Written by scantojr

June 25, 2017 at 7:30 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: