rkmac48 said:Arclight said:rkmac48 said:Arclight said:rkmac48 said:The fact that we're even having to discuss this burns my butt big time. If Truman had allowed MacArthur to exercise his command of military strategy, communism would have been driven out of China by the point of a gun back in the 1950's.
By attacking China on its mainland through MacArthur's strategy, I figure that would risk war with the Soviet Union as well.
Could be. But if we, the free world, had gone to war with China, Russia, and North Korea, how many millions would have not been subjected to ruthless Communitst purges? It would have been the ultimate containment. Vietnam would not have occured... and the list goes on and on.
That is only if we could win. The Soviets could put up a good fight in Europe and the Chinese in Asia.
Yeah, but we had nukes. The soviets did too, thanks to the Rosenbergs... but we'd have wiped them out. The U.N. may actually have been useful back then - likely, it would have supported a massive effort to stop China and Company.
The United States would not have resorted to using nuclear warheads while the Soviets held the same capabilities. The thought of a major US city being flattened in a mere few seconds, let alone being attacked on home territory would be enough to deter such actions.