Eisenhower rejected military chiefs’ demand for nuclear war on China….

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    • #425997
      Jan Boehmerman
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      This bomb just dropped by Daniel Elsberg……..

      Fearing a new conflict over Taiwan, Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg has released a shocking account showing how the Joint Chiefs pressed Eisenhower to launch a nuclear war on China
      A previously censored account of the 1958 Taiwan Strait crisis that was sponsored by the Pentagon has been published in full by the leaker of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg. The report provides a hair-raising portrait of a reckless US military leadership relentlessly pressing President Dwight Eisenhower for the authority to carry out nuclear attacks on communist China.

      After holding the still-classified version of the account in his possession for fifty years, Ellsberg said he decided to release it because of the growing threat of US war with China over Taiwan, and the danger that such a conflict could escalate into a nuclear exchange.

      Full story here: https://thegrayzone.com/2021/05/27/eisenhower-military-chiefs-nuclear-war-china-classified-taiwan-strait/

    • #426002
      NV Wino
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      What’s next, UFOs 🛸? 😏

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      The fact that some of the same military chiefs urged JFK to invade or bomb Cuba just 4 years later gives the story credence from the beginning.

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    • #426067
      soryang
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      Similar events happened in the Korean conflict and Vietnam.

      • #426075
        Ohio Barbarian
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        When MacArthur bombed China anyway with conventional weapons, Truman fired his ass.

        The military advocated using at least tactical nukes against the North Vietnamese. LBJ wouldn’t do it because he didn’t think Vietnam was worth risking a nuclear war.

        Both Truman and LBJ made the right decisions on that score, for sure.

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      David the Gnome
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      @ohiobarbarian

      How many people think MacArthur was some kind of great hero who would have conquered China with… what?  Fifty thousand troops?  Or that his attempt to do so was anything other than a complete disaster, that, had it gone forward, would have gotten all of those people killed – just to start with.

      I think he went mad, or took too many blows to the head or something.  Yet people of my father’s generation often act shocked when I try to explain this.  It’s like I just cursed the red sox or kicked baby Jesus or something.

      • #426137
        Ohio Barbarian
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        He was called “Dugout Doug” for hiding in safe bunkers during the siege of Bataan, and he also evacuated his grand piano in place of wounded soldiers when FDR pulled him out. I’ve met a couple of veterans who served under him, and they both thought he was an arrogant prick only interested in his own glory and press coverage.

        For a Republican, he managed the occupation of Japan remarkably well, even insisting on workers’ rights to form unions be put in the new Japanese Constitution. Then he turned around and pushed for an all-out war with Mao’s China in 1950.

        I think the reason he was so loved was all of the propaganda newsreels in World War II praising him to the skies. Unlike Eisenhower, it seems to have gone to his head.

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          MizzGrizz
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          @ohiobarbarian,even before he got all the press in World War II.

          Look at how he handled the Bonus Army in 1932,all so he could strut before the newsreel cameras.

          Ike  said he studied dramatics from McArthur.

           

    • #427083
      Yanath
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      He was surrounded by nazi sympathizers and other assorted right-wing lunatics. It’s a wonder we made it through that era in one piece with a semi-functioning democracy.

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