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Waging War, Planning PeaceU.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars$
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Aaron Rapport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453588

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453588.001.0001

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An Occupation That Never Was

An Occupation That Never Was

Korea, 1950–1951

(p.124) Chapter 4 An Occupation That Never Was
Waging War, Planning Peace

Aaron Rapport

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies the Truman administration's assessment and planning for noncombat operations during the Korean War. The strategic assessments made at the highest levels in the Truman administration during the Korean War were sound in that they made use of available information and attempted to enumerate the short-term costs and risks that could impact the success of the occupation of the peninsula. For the majority of officials, concerns about the feasibility of ongoing and near-future military operations trumped evaluations of the desirability of unifying Korea, since that goal was never given much weight prior to the war. Even after the U.S. government decided to expand its war aims, most framed the decision as a necessary response to defend the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Keywords:   Truman administration, Korean War, military operations, Republic of Korea, Korean occupation

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