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Originally posted by Hopechest
Well you can argue either way on whether it was a win on their part or not.
They certainly did not accomplish their military goals but they did manage to keep their country. It is true that America steamrolled them all the way to the Yalu River and had thoroughly beat them militarily until the Chinese entered with 500,000 troops and we had to retreat.
The Chinese intervention did not allow us to accomplish our military goals which was the removal of Kim so I guess you could call it a draw. Remember that the Korean War actually had very little to do with the Korea's and what they wanted.
It was a proxy war between America and the Soviet Union, both trying to prevent the domino theory from playing out. If America had won, Stalin was afraid democracy would spread throughout that region and we thought that if the North won that communism would spread. If we took the North then China feared we would continue straight on into their country so they decided to hold their ground in Korea.
At the end of the day I don't think either side won...we simply decided not to push the issue further and end up in WWIII.