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Posted: 9/1/2015 10:48:18 PM EDT
Why did the US even bother to send toops to Korea in 1945 when the Russkies had already invaded the peninsula to make the Japanese surrender?


Why not leave Korea to the Russkies to handle?
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 10:50:22 PM EDT
Early domino theory?
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 10:53:41 PM EDT
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Because the Americans did not want communism to spread.
At the time China was not yet communist ,the Americans and British already barge I Ed away Eastern Europe to the Soviets at Malta or was it Tehran
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 10:56:49 PM EDT
You have read history books, right? The Korean Conflict has many insightful books written about the causes.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 10:58:39 PM EDT
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You have read history books, right? The Korean Conflict has many insightful books written about the causes.
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None of them explain why the US would bother with Korea in the first place in 1945.

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 11:02:00 PM EDT
You have 10 million men in uniform. What else are you gonna do?
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 11:03:06 PM EDT
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Read up on Dean Rusk.  The Russians had already invaded Korea at the end of WW2. We let them keep some to appease them.
Eta: but we didn't want them to have the whole shooting match.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 11:04:29 PM EDT
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Read up on Dean Rusk.  The Russians had already invaded Korea at the end of WW2. We let them keep some to appease them.
Eta: but we didn't want them to have the whole shooting match.
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Why is that though?

There was no Cold War then.

We should have never sent troops there.

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 11:05:05 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By hammermill:
Why is that though?



There was no Cold War then.



We should have never sent troops there.



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Originally Posted By Willmar:

Read up on Dean Rusk.  The Russians had already invaded Korea at the end of WW2. We let them keep some to appease them.

Eta: but we didn't want them to have the whole shooting match.




Why is that though?



There was no Cold War then.



We should have never sent troops there.



Yalta conference

 
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 11:08:53 PM EDT
Thanks

I did not know Yalta dealt with Korea.

I will research that.
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 12:22:23 AM EDT
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Why is that though?

There was no Cold War then.

We should have never sent troops there.

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Originally Posted By hammermill:
Originally Posted By Willmar:
Read up on Dean Rusk.  The Russians had already invaded Korea at the end of WW2. We let them keep some to appease them.
Eta: but we didn't want them to have the whole shooting match.


Why is that though?

There was no Cold War then.

We should have never sent troops there.



The Russians weren't really our allies and we knew it.  They knew it, too.   Their only utility was opening up another front.    
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 1:12:52 AM EDT
Long story short: Japan folded much faster than expected and though Roosevelt wanted Stalin to fight Japan to draw off the troops in Manchuria so that they could not be used to reinforce Japan,when it looked like Stalin might end up with Korea and a chunk of China too the U.S. decided they needed a bifurcated Korea so that the Soviets wouldn't be right next to Japan.
 The original plan was Korea was to be a trusteeship for decades,somewhat like Germany was divided into zones of occupation. Something to be mindful of is that Korea had been under Japanese occupation and was quite shaky politically and economically to say the least. The only importance it had was proximity to Japan.

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