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ily U.S. History Lesson -- January 23
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JANUARY 23 1968 – N. Korea seizes the Pueblo. ...President Lyndon Johnson had just given his State of the Union speech a week prior to the beginning of what would become the Pueblo Crisis, which is where North Koreans seized the US spy ship and her 83 man crew in their waters. This also happened a week before the Tet Offensive, which was the largest attack of the Vietnam war, so President Uncle Cornpon’s foreign policy wasn’t looking very pretty. On January 23, the Pueblo, armed with the day’s latest technology in communication and decryption, was attacked and seized and the crew was held in captivity for almost a year. Johnson had considered using nuclear attacks in order to get the hostages back, but instead focused on the Tet Offensive. North Korea claimed the ship was in its waters but the US stated it was not and any proof that N. Korea had stating otherwise was fabricated. In December 1968, commander of the vessel, Capt. Lloyd Bucher, reluctantly agreed to sign a confession that his ship was on an intelligence gathering mission and that they were spying on North Korea prior to the ship’s seizure. This satisfied N. Korean leader Kim Il Sung, who shared this propoganda victory with the rest of the world. A picture was taken of the crew, and one of the crewman named Stu Russell found out that the North Koreans didn’t know what giving someone the middle finger meant, and claimed that for all their forced photos the crew would flip off the camera. That’s awesome. The propaganda Sung thought he had well deserved actually backfired on him in the eyes of China and the USSR who felt that holding American hostages for so long was being extreme and only damaged North Korea’s relation with them. But it didn’t backfire on Sung so hard as it did on LBJ, whose popularity with the American people, not just due to the Tet Offensive, but the Pueblo Crisis, seriously dropped. 2008 – The Ninawa Campaign begins. The US and Iraq v Iraqi insurgency and Al Qaeda in Iraq. The result: indecisive. Insurgents manage to maintain a significant presence in Mosul and surrounding areas and make the region their last urban stronghold, yet Insurgents are largely isolated from the rest of the country and not able to conduct coordinated attacks outside of Ninawa. Finally some good news: 1983 – The A-Team debuts on TV. Ah yes, great show. Face, Murdoch