"[When] the war was going well, and many thought victory in sight, General Ridgway, with other military leaders, began to feel the frustration of orders from Washington limiting his objectives, circumscribing his actions. What might have been a victory became a holding operation, a stalemate... General Ridgway's view is that, in light of the Korean experience, it would be futile to send in driblets of infantrymen [into a war zone]. There must be a force of sufficient numbers to make an impressive showing, to back up and train native troops, show them how to fight by example... Ridgway wants no repetition of the Korean experience. If the U.S. is to fight in Asia again, he wants an army equal to the task and free to win."
U.S. Army General Edward Almond explained his exasperation with the war this article.
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The Korean War by General Matthew Ridgway