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  • #46
    MacArthur wanted the war to carry on, even to the point of invading China and if necessary, using nuclear weapons. I think there was a clear conflict of interests here as Truman felt that saving South Korea was more than adequate.

    His allies in the UN force convinced him that to invade China would start a war that would involve the USSR, so an attack on China was halted. MacArthur was prepared to ignore all advice and attack China anyway and that's why Truman fired him.

    "MacArthur's approach would have involved America in the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time and with the wrong enemy."

    General Omar Bradley
    Hitler played Golf. His bunker shot was a hole in one.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
      Letting MacArthur run the show.
      Yes! Why wasn't this on the list

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      • #48
        Probably because given that the Norks started the war, which caught everyone by surprise (except the Chinese and Soviets), there wasn't much of a choice as to who the first CINC would be.
        dit: Lirelou

        Phong trần mài một lưỡi gươm, Những loài giá áo túi cơm sá ǵ!

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        • #49
          Invading was a bad mistake anyway. Knowing that the slightest slip-up would bring down a crushing Soviet sledgehammer, the US risked the lives of their men and their money on pointlessly attempting to stall Communism in a tiny country halfway around the world.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by William Howe View Post
            Invading was a bad mistake anyway. Knowing that the slightest slip-up would bring down a crushing Soviet sledgehammer, the US risked the lives of their men and their money on pointlessly attempting to stall Communism in a tiny country halfway around the world.
            What? Sober up and try putting all that in thoughts we can understand.
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            • #51
              Other, excessive arrogance in not paying attention to substantial intelligence from front lines about pending ChiCom attacks and not being properly prepared for the conditions of battle.

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              • #52
                Revisiting a thread from 10 years ago, which was a poll. I don't think the poll questions were too bad, but I should have had a choice for biggest mistake of "Not taking Pyongyang and setting up a defensive line"; in other words a choice instead of/or in addition to setting up a line once the Chinese intervened.

                As I re-read the thread, I couldn't help notice the excellent posts by lirelou, who I don't think anybody would question was the forum Korean War and History of Korea expert!

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                • #53
                  Lire lou almost always posted very knowledgeable information........

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