Why Did America Fight the Korean War?

What was the Korean War? And why was America involved in such a faraway conflict? Was the United States' sacrifice--35,000 killed, over 100,000 wounded--worth it? Historian Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, shares the fascinating story of a transformative war that many have forgotten.
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Script:
Mention the Korean War today and most people will look at you with a blank stare. At the time it was fought, just five years after World War II ended, everyone recognized it as a world-shaping conflict, a stark confrontation between the forces of democracy and communism.
It began on June 25, 1950 when Soviet-backed communist North Korea crossed the 38th parallel and invaded its US-backed anti-communist South Korean neighbor. Within weeks the communists had nearly absorbed the entire country. The United States at first was confused over whether it should-or even could-respond. America had slashed its military budget after the end of World War II and was short both men and equipment. It still had not awakened fully to the expansionist threat of Soviet Russia.
The Soviets-buoyed by their own recent development of an atomic bomb and Mao Zedong’s communist victory in China-sensed America’s lack of resolve and encouraged the North’s aggression. Yet within weeks President Harry Truman rushed troops to save the shrinking Allied perimeter at Pusan on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula. And by late September, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur had successfully completed the Inchon landings and launched counter-attacks.
He quickly reclaimed the entire south and sent American-led United Nations forces far into North Korea to reunite the entire peninsula-only to be surprised when hundreds of thousands of Chinese Red Army troops crossed the Yalu River at the Chinese border and sent the outnumbered Americans reeling back into South Korea.
Thanks to the genius of General Matthew Ridgeway, who arrived to assume supreme command in South Korea in December 1950, over the next 100 days US led UN forces pushed the communists back across the 38th Parallel. The fighting was fierce. Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, exchanged hands between communist and US led forces five times before it was finally secured.
During the years 1952 and 1953, the war grew static, neither side able to deliver a knockout blow. Eventually the conflict ended with a tense armistice in July 1953. For over the next 60 years, a cold war persisted between the Stalinist North and what, by the 1980s, had evolved into the democratic, economic powerhouse of South Korea.
Over 35,000 Americans died in the Korean War. The war marked the first major armed conflict of the Nuclear Age, and one in which the United States had not clearly defeated the enemy and thus not dictated terms of surrender. Was fighting the Korean War and restoring the South-without uniting the entire peninsula-worth the huge cost in blood and treasure?
The natural dividend of saving the South was the evolution of today’s democratic and prosperous South Korea that has given its 50 million citizens undreamed of freedom and affluence-and has blessed the world with topflight products from the likes of Hyundai, Kia, LG and Samsung.
South Korea is a model global citizen and a strong ally of the U.S.-and stands in sharp contrast to the communist regime in the North that has starved and murdered millions of its own people and caused untold mischief in the world community. Had it not been for U.S. intervention and support to the South, the current monstrous regime in Pyongyang would now rule all of Korea, ensuring its nuclear-armed dictatorship even greater power and resources.
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  1. dddk99

    dddk99

    5 시간 전

    Not only US soldiers, every soldiers from all over the world. Thanks for your sacrifices. We, S.Koreans will not forget it. Thanks again.

  2. Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    2 일 전

    만약에 미국이 대한민국을 도와주지않으면 북한이 다른 나라와 미국도 공격을 할수있고 제3차세계대전이 일어날수있어서 도와줬다.

  3. The_ GG

    The_ GG

    4 일 전

    Thanks to US for their sacrifice in the Korean war but don't forget the forces of other countries who joined them in the fighting for freedom.

  4. Steadfast Johannes

    Steadfast Johannes

    4 일 전

    Long live Praeger U!

  5. Apple

    Apple

    8 일 전

    Ahhhhhh thank you America and other countrys who supported SK!!! Now We are rich and powerful!!! I really appreciate you guys 💋💋

  6. stone gaze

    stone gaze

    10 일 전

    Where flipnos said that they are the one drove the north back from pusan? Lol. Joke filipinos.

  7. Cristian Trejo

    Cristian Trejo

    12 일 전

    This is why they hate America ! God bless America and the troops who fought for freedom of our friends on the other side of the world .

  8. Arturia Pendragon

    Arturia Pendragon

    14 일 전

    This is misldeading. Philippines are the ones who really fought in the korean war. US army was dying and are ready to go home when Philippine army came and change the fate of the koreans. Please search for it. They also have a monument on Yuldong that have names of Philippine army and Korean army that gave their lives for the freedom we have today. Thank you for reading.

  9. Kevin Okal

    Kevin Okal

    14 일 전

    Bla bla USA. The fight was 27 nations against Korea first then China. America didn't have any victory. They didn't fight alone. Koreans fought alone..almost lose then China came in. Don't lie

  10. David Arenas

    David Arenas

    15 일 전

    I just went to the Korean War memorial in Washington DC and it was flooded with young Koreans showing respect to our fallen soldiers. 🙌🏽❤️🇰🇷🇺🇸

  11. 爨龘龘

    爨龘龘

    27 일 전

    As a Chinese, I ’m really sad that our country once fought against the United States and South Korea for such a government of NK and hurt the Korean a lot .

    • David Kim

      David Kim

      16 시간 전

      It's ok. Korea and China should be friends

    • 1968weedsmoke

      1968weedsmoke

      20 일 전

      Probably because you're ignorant of the history

  12. 반박시 틀니 압수

    반박시 틀니 압수

    27 일 전

    Thanks USA Love from South Korea

    • 1968weedsmoke

      1968weedsmoke

      20 일 전

      Yeah thanks for the genocide and crimes against humanity USA

  13. yaya zhou

    yaya zhou

    개월 전

    智障东西,你不知道60和70年代朝鲜比当狗的韩国富裕不知道哪里去了,苏联倒台了,经济封锁朝鲜,朝鲜才变成这样子的,能搞清楚因果关系在来这说吧,而且中国与朝鲜没有你所认为的关系,这片是真的搞笑,今天韩国的经济发展不过是当狗换来的,今天的韩国绝对是美国的殖民国家,没有政治,军事,经济主导权。这不就是全民当狗嘛。

  14. Ride The Storm

    Ride The Storm

    개월 전

    Wow, a war that killed over 37 thousand American soldiers and the comment section is only at 5.5K after several years! Today’s Prager U video on Israel has 5.5K comments in less than a day. It makes you wonder why 🤔

  15. crazy knight teleported from medieval times

    crazy knight teleported from medieval times

    개월 전

    Warning Butthurt commies trying to cool their roasted ass Russian trolls and Chinese dog eaters butthurting in every comment

  16. 哩唔哎哔

    哩唔哎哔

    개월 전

    At that time, China took the worst equipment and fought with the United States and other 17 countries for three years. Without air force and navy, it relied on infantry to push 17 countries to the 38th parallel to pay tribute to the Chinese martyrs.

    • Rolitabun

      Rolitabun

      7 일 전

      martyrs? more like invaders.

  17. Destruction Z

    Destruction Z

    개월 전

    Japanese was the biggest benefits from korea war. They recovery fast after WW2 by selling goods to American army.

  18. Golden 47

    Golden 47

    개월 전

    Western propaganda

    • Neo Plastic

      Neo Plastic

      4 일 전

      your mother is dead

  19. R480 SCANIA

    R480 SCANIA

    개월 전

    Americans! Thank you for protecting the Republic of Korea from the danger of communization. But these days, Moon Jae-in, radical leftist government of South Korea are once again as the ruling of the communist regime at risk. Save us once again from the brink of communization, like we did half a century ago.

  20. Heidi Pykkonen

    Heidi Pykkonen

    개월 전

    It's heartbreaking to realize the North was almost saved.

  21. cloudtoground

    cloudtoground

    개월 전

    I'm very happy to see this video is not restricted.

  22. dong wang

    dong wang

    개월 전

    Korea will never be considered as a united Nation.

  23. Support Israel, support peace.

    Support Israel, support peace.

    개월 전

    Apparently yugidlabis is western Europe while Iceland Turkey and cyprus (and west Berlin) aren't

  24. Support Israel, support peace.

    Support Israel, support peace.

    개월 전

    Silly question.

  25. 오직TV

    오직TV

    2 개월 전

    Some left people criticized U.S for participating in Korean war for they did for their benefit. What was his benefit for doing so? Enlarging free democratic world as their constitution said? Yes. They did for Korean people's freedom and wellbeing! Thank you very much U.S people! You came to us, where never been, whose name never heard. God bless America!

  26. sungjin008

    sungjin008

    2 개월 전

    - Korea left wing double standard - Korean War: THIS IS FINE... WW2: TRIGGERED

  27. Anonymous

    Anonymous

    2 개월 전

    Lol

  28. Volgrr

    Volgrr

    2 개월 전

    My grandpa was in the navy and was on the U.S.S New Jersey

  29. 김태유

    김태유

    2 개월 전

    THANKS FOR U.S.A 고마워

    • 1968weedsmoke

      1968weedsmoke

      개월 전

      Yeah, thanks for the war crimes USA

  30. Director Isaiah

    Director Isaiah

    2 개월 전

    Your sacrifice has made blessing Korea. Thank you so much. God bless you!

    • 1968weedsmoke

      1968weedsmoke

      개월 전

      Sacrifice?

  31. CHIGOZIRIM EMMANUEL

    CHIGOZIRIM EMMANUEL

    2 개월 전

    It's Busan and Incheon

  32. Calvin Kim

    Calvin Kim

    2 개월 전

    Thank you, America!

  33. 다와우킴

    다와우킴

    2 개월 전

    Im korean and now korea left wing goverment do many pro-north korea politic...even global society reproach that politic left wing president moon-jae-in keep carry on hes pro-north identity.. many korean left wing thing american disrespect another country and ignore korean mind. yes that wrong me and many korean right wing know true and me and korean right wing, nomar people very thank for us. of 6.25 war and many economic asistance

    • Golden Orb

      Golden Orb

      2 개월 전

      @Israel is the best country in middle east Land thieving pig

    • Israel is the best country in middle east

      Israel is the best country in middle east

      2 개월 전

      ㅆㅇㅈ

  34. Marquis Songs

    Marquis Songs

    3 개월 전

    WELCOME TO AMERICA AGAIN (The Forgotten War) is a tribute to the American combat veteran in the Korean War koplayers.info/show/T1c3c29YQng3UUE.html

  35. Peter Schliemann

    Peter Schliemann

    3 개월 전

    Thank you US, from Denmark!

  36. Ramen Mania

    Ramen Mania

    3 개월 전

    south korean brothers love USA

  37. Omar Al kayal

    Omar Al kayal

    3 개월 전

    Real reason : because they love To put there ass everywhere

    • Ramen Mania

      Ramen Mania

      3 개월 전

      wassup weeb~?

  38. jiniloracledba

    jiniloracledba

    3 개월 전

    Korean say busan we dont say pusan

  39. Qishi Li

    Qishi Li

    3 개월 전

    I came here after the other video of Ted Cruz about KOplayers blocking this in the Senate.

  40. obanos thanos

    obanos thanos

    3 개월 전

    Thanks for your sacrifices.

  41. Morton Lv

    Morton Lv

    3 개월 전

    now is the time to fight the Democrats

  42. Saja

    Saja

    3 개월 전

    And yet we are being taken down by socialism as we speak

  43. 윤태희

    윤태희

    3 개월 전

    Thanks for keeping us from the North. We will remember your sacrifice forever

    • Wonky Donkeys

      Wonky Donkeys

      2 개월 전

      Hard to believe

  44. Louis Wu

    Louis Wu

    3 개월 전

    Come on, US just like to divide other country into two parts which inherited from UK. (Germany, Vietnam, Korea, China -Taiwan, India- Pakistan, middle East. The list goes on and on.) Communist China is still good, Vietnam is at least a A sovereign state. But Korea is divided into two countries and South Koreans are just working for American forever, try to figure out how many share US have about Samsung. South Korea is rich, yes. But is it a sovereign state. North Korea is poor. Because US Sanctioned it. And is it a sovereign state? Yes.

    • 72sunshine

      72sunshine

      2 개월 전

      @Marcianus Lee The US "helped" Korea in the same way that Germany helped Poland in WW2.

    • Louis Wu

      Louis Wu

      3 개월 전

      @Marcianus Lee hold on 1 sec, in year 2019, only you couldn't afford a taket to China? Firstly, US has done too much to other countries. China has done something within its all country. That doesn't even. Secondly, US stepped in first, then China. No matter what you are talking about. It is US stepped in first. Thirdly you are Korean besides China for thousands of years. One US has brainwashed you only for decades that already made your believe that your Korean can't take care of your country? Let me tell you, your country has long history than US for sure. US won't last for next 100 years but China and korea will be right there for next 2000 years. I hope you don't be naive, may be because of North Korea you korean still have hope. At least NK knows what must be done, nuke. Temporary rich doesn't mean everything dude. White do not have enough experience to run huge country. Without new continent for them to Rob, they are just small countries in Europe even can't match with Korea. I don't see a strong will and independent mind on you, although you declare you have free speech. Every westerner said democracy is perfect they don't allow other regime, am I right? That is just another brainwashing. But I saw a small country dare fight with the strongest country on our planet. NK has something that SK don't have. As i said if US didn't sanction it, it won't be so poor. And finally if you really think dictatorship is not good. I have to told you, nearly all the companies are run by using the imperial system, with selected managers or CEO. Where is your beloved democracy? 一叶障目,而不自知。 I send you the last chinese old saying, try to figure out what it means youself.

    • Marcianus Lee

      Marcianus Lee

      3 개월 전

      @Louis Wu you really don't understand what you said lol, ROK also called US for help and, you just repeat again and again what if US didn't step in korea, but this idea also could be applied to China, do you understand? If US didn't step in korea? South korea is also rulled by Kim's Fam like North korea, and lastly like you wish to see California became a new country, i'd like to see Tivet, Uyghur, and Hong Kong become the Independent and free country and escape from the Oppression of Sinocentrism. have a nice day chinese!

    • Louis Wu

      Louis Wu

      3 개월 전

      @Marcianus Lee as I said, at that time, north Korea called China for help. China helped, Am I clear? it is US and Russia seperated other countries:Germany, Vietnam, korea, India-partkistan, Chinese -Taiwan. And today is 2019, something like 'human free will' talk to your North Korean brother. They are in dictatorship, that has nothing to do with the purpose of real communism. And China is now only have the party named communist. If US didn't step in, or your Korean were as strong as Vietnamese to win a war from US. You are now at least a whole country. Don't blame China. At that time US and Russia are the boss who should response that. But dictatorship doesn't equals to extreme poor. Poverty of NK due to sanctions from US. Finally, again, I would like to tell you, it is US and Russia like to separate other countries. You are not alone. US is now still keeping Taiwan from mainland China. We Chinese will kick US big ass for giving too much suffering to other civilization. Finally I would like to see California become a new country.

    • Marcianus Lee

      Marcianus Lee

      3 개월 전

      @Louis Wu to help korea? you just describe the chines opinion. then why you don' you think US help korea? of course as you said, US had the purpose, but how about the china? you guys are pure? definitely no. i think you'd like to insist korea became the puppet of US, at least we can say our opinion in our country, how about you? communism convict the human's free will, and at least we can insist the our opinion very freely

  45. JOHN B. RAMIREZ

    JOHN B. RAMIREZ

    4 개월 전

    Haven't you heard, generals mcarthur was held back by the Democratic party from finishing his campaign against north Korea, and now look what happened, the north Korean is a nuclear threat to American security . Also the Democratic Congress were in charge of war plans during the Vietnam war and kept the u.s. generals from doing their jobs by fighting the Vietnam war with one hand tied to their dicks. That is why 59000 young Americans soldier were killed by walking right into an ambush. America better find out why the u.s. Democratic Congress is holding back on funding the southern border wall allowing 17million illegal immigrants in America along with their illegal addictive drugs to destroy broken American families lives and at the expense of American taxpayers to pay for laws enforcement and hospitals rehab for decades. Better check out why the Democratic party is staging a full blown assault on hard working Americans worker's pay checks deduction to pay for illegal immigrants and socialism in America for decades.

  46. frosty pablo

    frosty pablo

    4 개월 전

    Battle of Kapyong. Battle of Uijeongbu. Batle of the Apple orchard. Battle of the Samichon river. Do you know how many times Seoul changed hands! Its called losing the same war over and over again. With others constantly bailing you out of your mistakes. The reason why this war is "forgotten" is because US battle leadership is seriously questioned here. The battle record is a see sawing shambles. This came aftet earlier battles like Buna Gona and the Huon peninsula campaign against Japan. Which are also convieniently forgotten. This war was an example of very poor American Generalship. Something we already knew from earlier experiences.

  47. 3ewlsoxu7mk K

    3ewlsoxu7mk K

    4 개월 전

    I love USA from Korea 🇺🇸🇰🇷

  48. Marcianus Lee

    Marcianus Lee

    4 개월 전

    as a korean I appreciate it to U.S

    • 1968weedsmoke

      1968weedsmoke

      2 개월 전

      You appreciate the country that invaded Korea and committed widespread genocide & war crimes against your people???? There's something wrong with you.

    • Catherine The Second

      Catherine The Second

      3 개월 전

      Marcianus Lee *without United Nations America will fight alone during the Korean war*

    • Marcianus Lee

      Marcianus Lee

      3 개월 전

      @Catherine The Second of course, we appreciate to UN! also all the country bleed for ROK

    • Catherine The Second

      Catherine The Second

      3 개월 전

      *What about United Nations?*

  49. Vũ Trần

    Vũ Trần

    4 개월 전

    Maybe Korea has no resources that benefit the U.S., but Korea is a strategic spot in the Asia. Having South Korean as an ally, the U.S. can build military bases to expand its power.

  50. Kevin x

    Kevin x

    4 개월 전

    Remember when America had values? This is that time!

    • 1968weedsmoke

      1968weedsmoke

      2 개월 전

      @Kevin x Yeah, independent nationalism and people's right to self determination were the "alien and chaotic ideals" the US fought to prevent from spreading. The idea that the Korean and Vietnamese people had a right to self determination & should govern themselves could not be tolerated by the bully of the world.

    • Kevin x

      Kevin x

      2 개월 전

      @1968weedsmoke It was war, there's never a good way to kill people, just saying "war" should be enough to communicate the uglyness of the situation, the United States has gone to war for trivial matters time after time, the values I speak of is of the idea that safeguarding the future of the world by keeping certain alien and chaotic ideals from spreading is worth fighting and dying for.

    • 1968weedsmoke

      1968weedsmoke

      2 개월 전

      @Kevin x I know the history of the Korean War. The American war of aggression in Korea slaughtered about 4 million people. Oceans of napalm were dropped on the civilian populations of Korea. The United States was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity by the Korean International War Crimes Tribunal in 2001 - not mentioned in the video. I don't know what "values" you are referring to.

    • Kevin x

      Kevin x

      2 개월 전

      @1968weedsmoke Did you even watch the video? You would have us sit back and watch?

  51. Robert Khamis

    Robert Khamis

    4 개월 전

    USA fights for democracy and freedom This is the biggest joke USA fights for money

    • Tacozyo Taco

      Tacozyo Taco

      3 개월 전

      No nation will fight without the intention of gaining from it. Of course the US fought for its own good, but it also benefited South Korea as well.

  52. Wennie rose

    Wennie rose

    4 개월 전

    Americans and with the help of Filipinos soldiers who stayed even most of other foreign soldiers retreated..

  53. Henry O'Meara

    Henry O'Meara

    4 개월 전

    America Is NOT a DEMOCRACY, we are a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. DEMOCRACY means UNPRINCIPLED POPULAR OPINION for selfish interest. Constitutional Republic means INALTERABLE GOD ESTABLISHED LAW for the Moral and Economic Advantage of ALL. Stop calling yourselves CONSERVATIVE if you endorse DEMOCRACY. Ben Franklin WAS RIGHT!

  54. Louis Go

    Louis Go

    4 개월 전

    without philippine veteran soldiers..south korea will now be part of north😊 filipino fight hard during war. and now? only us is so very famous..good for them😏😔

  55. Marcus

    Marcus

    4 개월 전

    A great thanks to PragerU, because the lack of facts, and even the lack of proper history in History majors are dire!

  56. Mr. Wolfe

    Mr. Wolfe

    4 개월 전

    I just watched a 5-minute PragerU commercial and in it I was told that this very video (where I'm leaving this comment) was censored or banned by Google. So out of curiosity I searched for the title of this video via my Assistant, then clicked on the video selector on the search page. This was the first video listed. So it seems to me either PragerU is intentionally exaggerating the conflict between Google and themselves, or Google has cleverly decided to stop censoring PragerU videos for the time being.

  57. Juna Conde-Segal

    Juna Conde-Segal

    4 개월 전

    God this video was helpful but very amurican

  58. ww ee

    ww ee

    4 개월 전

    In North Korea, missiles.Russia is an air infiltration. Japan's export-regulated radioactive terror. Communist Party, not to mention China There is no normal country around.

  59. Francisco MM

    Francisco MM

    4 개월 전

    I just wanted that the south korean goverment at the time was not democratic. South korea only began the transition to democracy in the 1980s.

    • Br Ch

      Br Ch

      4 개월 전

      The South wasn't a developed republic/rep. democracy like the US, but they weren't communist like the north.

  60. 永恒的2019年6月21日

    永恒的2019年6月21日

    4 개월 전

    中国害了北朝鲜

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