I Love the Smell of Pulitzers in the Morning
August 6th, 2006
An example of this journalistic methodology can be seen in the case of the Bridge at No Gun Ri.
In 1999, the Associated Press reported an alleged atrocity covered up since the Korean War,
its reporters winning the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism.
The story revealed what was no doubt a case of soldiers firing on innocent civilians
though many of the details such as body count are still disputed.
A key witness to the AP story later admitted he wasn't there when presented with his orders that proved he wasn't there.
West Point historian, Robert Bateman has provided significant evidence that counters much of the AP research.
The focus of the research was not the act of killing the civilians, as often happens by mistake in war.
The main point of the piece is that these soldiers acted under specific orders from the US military to kill innocent civilians,
thus demonstrating monstrous intent rather than an understandable yet horrendous mistake.
The US Army’s Inspector Generals Office performed an investigation with the South Korean government that was reviewed by independent experts.
This report made a final determination:
Neither the documentary evidence nor the U.S. veterans' statements reviewed by the U.S. Review Team
support a hypothesis of deliberate killing of Korean civilians.
What befell civilians in the vicinity of Nogeun-ri in late July 1950 was a tragic and deeply regrettable accompaniment to a war forced upon unprepared U.S. and ROK forces.
after world war two. It was such a degraded situation under the American occupation in the Korean war
that a friend of mine who served in the Korean war said on Friday night they would bring in a half ton
truck full of 150 women and they would be in a movie house having sex. These undoubtedly included
women who were comfort women for the Japanese army
Truman Administration originally did not expect a major military conflict,
and it drastically downsized American forces from 1945 to 1950.
Although it continued to provide modest military aid to the south, the U.S. withdrew
its occupation forces, leaving behind a 500-man Military Advisory Group by June 1949.
The communist South Korean Workers' Party led a partly indigenous guerrilla
movement in the south after a major rebellion on Cheju Island in April 1948 that
that claimed tens of thousands of lives.
Two South Korean army divisions and one army brigade were quickly deployed
to conduct sweep and destroy missions to eliminate the guerrillas.
By April 1950, less than 500 North Korean guerrillas remained in South Korea.
On 12 January 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson gave his famous Aleutians
speech at the National Press Club, Washington, DC. Acheson said that United States
would adhere to the principle of non-interference with respect to the Chinese question
and that the American defense line in the Pacific was one that connected Alaska, the
Japanese archipelago, Okinawa, and the Philippines.
Emboldened by the exclusion of South Korea from the American defense line in the
Pacific zone in the so-called Acheson Declaration, Kim Il-sung decided to launch
an outright invasion of the South.