Big Mistake: Always Fighting the Last War

"I think one of the great disasters (in military history) is the way that the Second World War has become the defining reference point for every crisis and every conflict." -- Antony Beevor, English military historian. After the success of World War II, leaders under-estimated the challenge of the Korean War, which ended in stalemate … Continue reading Big Mistake: Always Fighting the Last War

America’s Biggest Snitch Or Spy Started Cold War, Might Have Caused Korean War + Crash Course

George Koval (1913-2006) was an American scientist who acted as a Soviet intelligence officer for the Soviet atomic bomb project. According to Russian sources, Koval's infiltration of the Manhattan Project as a GRU agent "drastically reduced the amount of time it took for Russia to develop nuclear weapons."  He was recruited as an intelligence agent … Continue reading America’s Biggest Snitch Or Spy Started Cold War, Might Have Caused Korean War + Crash Course

1940s-1970s: Wars in Korea and Vietnam. What Ifs

Two of the greatest international tragedies of the 20th-century post-World War II were the Vietnam War and Cambodian genocide. The US, France and China played roles in these tragedies that are still being debated today. These were complex struggles; many volumes have been written.  The "What If's" remain. What If's also remain about the Korean … Continue reading 1940s-1970s: Wars in Korea and Vietnam. What Ifs

If South Korea Were Heavily Armed, Would North Invade? What If One Side Won?

In 1950, the South Koreans led by their fairly elected leader Syngman Rhee were initially quite badly beaten in invasion by North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung, who had been appointed and armed by Stalin and the Soviets. What if the US armed Rhee sufficiently and he decided on his own to invade the north? Would the … Continue reading If South Korea Were Heavily Armed, Would North Invade? What If One Side Won?

When America Almost Succumbed to Military Dictatorship

The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right by Sally Denton. When Franklin Roosevelt assumed the presidency in March, 1933, America was desperate. This book explores two startling events that have been largely ignored by historians: "anarchist Giuseppe Zangara's assassination attempt on Roosevelt, and a plutocrats' … Continue reading When America Almost Succumbed to Military Dictatorship

The Nuking of Korea?

 The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis (Penguin Books, 2005). Gaddis begins Chapter 2 with an account of what almost happened: the US dropping the atomic bomb on Korea. President Truman told a 1950 news conference that he advised General Douglas MacArthur to "employ every weapon we have" (including the atomic bomb). http://thediplomat.com/2016/01/what-if-the-united-states-had-used-the-bomb-in-korea/