Sunday, January 23, 2005

On this day in military history....in 1968

On this day in military history....in 1968. The North Koreans seize the US spy ship Pueblo. The Pueblo was off the coast of North Korea gathering intelligence when it was seized. In a precursor to the ineptitude shown by President Jimmy Cah-tah, President Johnson decided that negotiating for the release of the crew was better than using any military force. As a result, the crew spent almost a year being tortured in captivity until the captain signed a "confession" indicating that the ship was spying on North Korea prior to its capture (duh!). The Johnson administration really didn't do anything to get the crew out of captivity and this, along with the Tet offensive and the ongoing war in Vietnam, lead to the Democratic defeat during the next election cycle.


1 Comments:

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Rosemary said...

We won the Tet Offensive. It was also due to Walter Cronkite telling the American people that we were losing, and there was no way for us to win. Enter John Kerry...

 

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