SOME (ORIENTAL) FOOD FOR THOUGHT


After World War II America’s track record in Asia was extremely problematic. For starters in China, the USA backed the wrong warlord. This would result in our “losing” China, which in turn would provoke our involvement in Korea, ending in a very bloody tie. JFK would then commit the USA to fighting in Vietnam by effectively “green lighting” the assassination of President Diem. Not to be outdone LBJ would then hamstring the military’s ability to fight ending in a humiliating defeat for the US. As China continues to emerge the reunification of its country will become an increasing pinch point for the West. To a lesser extent the reunification of Korea could minimize any potential pinch points in Asia as well.   

 

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