How Far Was The US Involvement In The Korean War A Success

Topics: World War II, Cold War, Korean War Pages: 3 (1264 words) Published: March 24, 2015
How far was the US involvement with the Korean War a success?   
There were many ways in which United States involvement in the Korean war was seen  to be a success, these include the most significantly, the US wanting to protect the  independence of South Korea and to try and contain communism. Another reason being  Truman wanting to appear tough in the face of communism, and to avoid direct contact  with the USSR. The US also wanted to protect Japan as their security was vital.  However there are still reasons on why US involvement wasn't a success. these  reasons being the change of objective as the US now wanted to ‘roll back’, Truman  looking weak and ineffective and also the way China was dealt with during the conflict.  Domestic issues was another very important reason on how the US involvement had  also failed as people were losing faith in the war and opinions changed quickly, the war  was also very costly which meant money that should of been spent at home, and money  that could of gone towards helping the civil rights movement went towards the war. This  allowed the war to become very unpopular with the American citizens.    

One of the most significant ways in which US involvement in the Korean conflict could  be judged as a success is the fact that the US had got involved in the conflict to protect  the independence of South Korea. This was very important as without the support of the  United States, South Korea would of been overrun within the first phase of the war. This  was down to economic costs and the vast number of men that North Korea and their  allies would of had on their front line invading the south. This was a great success of US  involvement as they successfully helped South Korea regain control and push the North  out. 

As well as protecting the independence of South Korea, the USA also got involved to  ‘contain’ communism. The United States managed to keep South Korea non­communist ...
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