Woodrow Wilson Center Senior Scholar Samuel Wells was recently interviewed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) about the Korean War. For an article entitled “Korea vets remember ‘forgotten’ war,” Wells explained why the Korean War is so easily forgotten in the United States: “MacArthur was telling people he would have troops back by early 1951, that he would have it wrapped up by Christmas.” When MacArthur’s promise failed to come to fruition, public opinion turned against the war. Well’s commented that MacArthur “obviously overlooked certain factors ... like 800,000 Chinese coming across the border in October 1950.”

Wells, a former Associate Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center and former Director of the West European Studies Program, is presently at work on a project entitled “The Korean War and U.S. Escalation of the Cold War.”

To view the article, visit the website of the Atlanta Journal Constitution by clicking here.