International: A Bad Page of History

The closer an armistice came, the more indignant the South Korean government became. Bitter old Syngman Rhee sat in his presidential mansion in Seoul, abrupt to General Mark Clark, who called on him, angry at President Eisenhower, who wrote him. Twice during the week, 78-year-old President Rhee said that he would go along with the U.S., then reversed himself. "We cannot accept any armistice so long as the Chinese remain in Korea—make no mistake about that," he said. "But if we feel forced to take unilateral action, we will talk it over, as friend to friend."

He had left himself room to...

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