“In mid-September, General MacArthur brought off a masterstroke by landing two divisions 240km (150 miles) in the enemy rear at the port of Inchon. Their communications cut, and under heavy aerial bombardment, the North Koreans broke and fled back north; MacArthur ordered a hot pursuit which led across the 38th parallel and deep into North Korea. As the victorious UN forces drew near to the Manchurian border, there were ominous signals from Peking that communist China would intervene to defend its territory. In mid-October, MacArthur met President Harry Truman on Wake Island in their first encounter to assure him that a massive UN offensive was about to conclude the war victoriously by Christmas. No sooner had this been launched in November than the Chinese unleashed their armies.”
See World Wars: The Korean War: An OverviewLately Trump has been rattling his sabre threatening violence in Asia. Considering that his campaign rested on the stupid goal of “making America great again”, war could be Trump’s last vain hope for glory…
Trump views the Korean War as unfinished and unsatisfactory. He probably feels MacArthur was right and China should be punished for falling in with the North Korean regime back then… Yep. That’s it. Trump wants to correct history. He wants to bet USAian firepower against North Korean and Chinese and Russian manpower and arms.
This is a very dangerous game as NK has some nukes that will be used or lost, hordes of artillery, infantry and armour that will be used if hostilities break out. Indeed, if Kim decides Trump will attack, Kim may well decide to attack first with artillery including rockets and nukes against the South. Hundreds of thousands could die in the first day. USA does not have the manpower and neither does the South to hold back Kim’s hordes so tactical nukes are almost certain to be used. If USA applies air-power over the North, Russia and China may attack and a royal mess will happen including four sources of tactical nukes. The Korean war may be fought over the last cinder behind which a Korean is hiding.
Checks and balances are not working in USA. Congress is powerless to impeach Trump until stuff really hits the fan. Clearly, Congress can’t do the maths that says numerous offenses against common decency and logic and budgetary sensibility amounts to “high crimes and misdemeanours”, the grounds for impeachment. Even the backup POTUS, Pence, appears to be no better in terms of backing the goals of a raving lunatic (This silly demonstration of the silliness of Trump and his team cost taxpayers hundreds of $thousands.). If a costly and disastrous renewal of the Korean War breaks out to puff up still more Trump’s ego, will Congress “rally round the flag” or actually exert oversight of this mania? If folks thought the first round of the Korean war, Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria were expensive disasters, they haven’t seen anything yet. There is no upper limit to the damage that can be done before more than a few ships of troops can be launched into the cauldron. Trump’s recollections of USAian greatness are obsolete. Nukes and ICBMs do damage in minutes not months and years. Months and years take millions of lives for no gain whatsoever. That’s not greatness. That’s immorality.