Lessons from the Korean War

In Korea the U.S. learned the pitfalls of waging halfhearted war and making peace without victory. The lessons of Korea were vividly summed up last week when the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee published excerpts from the testimony, taken last year, of top Korean war military commanders who had bridled against costly interference by Washington.

General Omar Bradley called Korea "the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy." But this was not the opinion of the commanders who knew most about that war. Korea, said General James Van Fleet, "was the right war,...