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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse When the United States Invaded
Russia
for showing us that invading other countries didn't work
100 years ago and it still doesn't work now. Will we never learn?

When the United States Invaded Russia
Woodrow Wilson's Siberian Disaster

When the United States Invaded Russia by Carl Richard
(2013) - 193 pages
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In a little-known episode at the height of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson dispatched thousands of American soldiers to Siberia. Carl J. Richard convincingly shows that Wilson's original intent was to enable Czechs and anti-Bolshevik Russians to rebuild the Eastern Front against the Central Powers. But Wilson continued the intervention for a year and a half after the armistice in order to overthrow the Bolsheviks and to prevent the Japanese from absorbing eastern Siberia. As Wilson and the Allies failed to formulate a successful Russian policy at the Paris Peace Conference, American doughboys suffered great hardships on the bleak plains of Siberia.

Richard argues that Wilson's Siberian intervention ironically strengthened the Bolshevik regime it was intended to topple. Its tragic legacy can be found in the seeds of World War II - which began with an alliance between Germany and the Soviet Union, the two nations most aggrieved by Allied treatment in World War I - and in the Cold War, a forty-five year period in which the world held its collective breath over the possibility of nuclear annihilation.

One of the earliest U.S. counterinsurgency campaigns outside the Western Hemisphere, the Siberian intervention was a harbinger of policies to come. Richard notes that it teaches invaluable lessons about the extreme difficulties inherent in interventions and about the absolute need to secure widespread support on the ground if such campaigns are to achieve success, knowledge that U.S. policymakers tragically ignored in Vietnam and later struggled to implement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Carl J. Richard is professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is the author of several noted books, including Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts and Why We're All Romans.

8-6-16 Why the Chinese military is still haunted by this 19th-century 'humiliation'
Why the Chinese military is still haunted by this 19th-century 'humiliation'
The Opium War explains a lot about China's aggression in the South China Sea. In 1839, England went to war with China because it was upset that Chinese officials had shut down its drug trafficking racket and confiscated its dope. Stating the historical record so plainly is shocking — but it's true, and the consequences of that act are still being felt today. (Webmaster's comment: The United States took part in this naked aggression in the name of free enterprize. Whenever you hear of aggression being done in the name of free enterprize, it's not. It's being done in the name of profits for someone at the expense of freedom, liberty and the human rights of others. And THEY, not YOU, can and will bank on it!)

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When the United States Invaded Russia
Woodrow Wilson's Siberian Disaster

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse When the United States Invaded
Russia
for showing us that invading other countries didn't work
100 years ago and it still doesn't work now. Will we never learn?