What goals did the U.S. have for the Korean War?  

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Various Americans had different goals for this war at different points in the war.  However, the overall goal was that the United States wanted to push North Korea out of South Korea and restore the independence of the South.

There were Americans who wanted more than this.  Notably, General Douglas...

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Various Americans had different goals for this war at different points in the war.  However, the overall goal was that the United States wanted to push North Korea out of South Korea and restore the independence of the South.

There were Americans who wanted more than this.  Notably, General Douglas MacArthur wanted to destroy North Korea and even attack China.  These Americans were interested in pushing communism back as much as possible.  However, the American government did not share this goal.  It wanted to avoid a wider war, particularly one with China.  Its major goal was to restore South Korean sovereignty by pushing North Korea out of the South.

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