The Coldest Winter
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The great tragedy of Korea, as Halberstam shows, is that it is still another example of a war caused in part by intelligence and policy failures and shot through in its pursuit with disasters brought on by downright stupidity, supreme egos (e.g. MacArthur as well as Mao and Kim Il Sung who wouldn't listen to anyone except yes men), bad decision-making in Washington, military blunders of the first order, and inexcuseable ignorance by people who should have been more aware of the realities of Korean politics and society.
Halberstam believes that the lessons of the Korean War were missed by those who led us into Vietnam and Iraq. Let's hope that our future leaders read this fine book and absorb its insightful content.