Cold War: The Korean War 1950-53 Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
3a According to Rusk, why is the USA in Korea?
3b Who is the aggressor he is talking about? Does he mean more than one aggressor?
3c What clues do we get from this document about the conditions the soldiers have to put up with?

Analysis and Interpretation
3d This statement is very passionate. Do you get the impression Rusk believes in what he is saying? Explain your answer.
3e Sum up Rusk's attitude towards China.
3f Rusk indicates that Communism would spread further if the USA did not stop it in Korea. What other areas does he think are threatened?
3g Do you think Rusk could have gone on TV and made this statement without permission from the President? Explain your answer.
3h Is this document an example of the US government trying to use the US media to achieve its aims?

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Comments on the Korean war by US politician Dean Rusk on a US TV show, January 29th 1951

Comments on the Korean war by US politician Dean Rusk on a US TV show, January 29th 1951