Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions—one that his advisors agreed likely would define his presidency. After beating his Democratic opponent in 1948 by a comfortable margin, Dewey received news that Soviet-backed armies in Korea, Hokkaido, and Northern Honshu had mounted a massive invasion of Southern Honshu, with the goal of unifying Japan under a single government. He knew that American occupation forces—under strength, dispirited, and still fighting insurgencies loyal to the emperor in Kyushu and Shikoku, as well as other scattered parts of the former Japanese...
ps: If there is a historical lesson here, it is this: We don't always have a choice between War, and Peace. ( As our Libertarian and Code Pink friends would like to believe. Read John Stossels commentaries archived here for this ill-formed view of history. ) In December 1941, we had to choose between War, and Subjugation: The choice was War, or Enslavement. In August 1945, the choice wasn't War, or Peace; it was a Less Horrific War, or an even More Horrific War. Pres. Truman chose the Less Horrific War. - John Lepant
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