[PDF] ✅ The Pueblo Incident By Mitchell B. Lerner – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Remember you are not going out there to start a war Rear Admiral Frank Johnson reminded Commander Pete Bucher just prior to the maiden voyage of the USS Pueblo And yet a war one that might have gone n Remember you are not going out there to start a war Rear Admiral Frank Johnson reminded Commander Pete Bucher just prior to the maiden voyage of the USS Pueblo And yet a war one that might have gone nuclear was what nearly happened when the Pueblo was The Pueblo PDF \ attacked and captured by North Korean gunships in January Diplomacy prevailed in the end but not without great cost to the lives of the imprisoned crew and to a nation already mired in an unwinnable war in Vietnam The Pueblo was an aging cargo ship poorly refurbished as a signals intelligence collector for the top secret Operation Clickbeetle It was sent off with a first time captain an inexperienced crew and no back up and was captured well before the completion of its first mission Ignored for a uarter of a century The Pueblo Incident has been the subject of much polemic but no scholarly scrutiny Mitchell Lerner now examines for the first time the details of this crisis and uses the incident as a window through which to better understand the limitations of American foreign policy during the Cold War Drawing on thousands of pages of recently declassified documents from President Lyndon Johnson's administration along with dozens of interviews with those involved Lerner provides the most complete and accurate account of The Pueblo Incident He weaves on a grand scale a dramatic story of international relations presidential politics covert intelligence capture on the high seas and secret negotiations At the same time he highlights the very intimate struggles of the Pueblo's crew through capture imprisonment indoctrination torture and release and the still smoldering controversy over Commander Bucher's actions In fact Bucher emerges here for the first time as the truly steadfast hero his men have always considered him More than an account of misadventure The Pueblo Incident is an indictment of Cold War mentality that shows how the premises underlying the Pueblo's risky mission and the ensuing efforts to win the release of her crew were seriously flawed Lerner argues that had US policymakers regarded the North Koreans as people with a national agenda rather than one serving a global Communist conspiracy they might have avoided the crisis or resolved it effectively He also addresses such unanswered uestions as what the Pueblo's mission exactly was why the ship had no military support and how damaging the intelligence loss was to national security With North Korea still seen as a rogue state by some policymakers The Pueblo Incident provides key insights into the domestic imperatives behind that country's foreign relations It astutely assesses the place of gunboat diplomacy in the modern world and is vital for understanding American foreign policy failures in the Cold War.
- 334 pages
- The Pueblo Incident
- Mitchell B. Lerner
- 07 January 2014 Mitchell B. Lerner