-North Korea and (later) China vs. South Korea and the U. N.
-war started b/c US was trying to stop communism from spreading to South Korea
-in the strategy of the cold war, Truman's containment policy in Korea worked (stopped communism, no world war)
-provided an excuse to expand the military, create new jet bombers, and placing more troops in overseas bases
-Republicans used the war stalemate to hammer the democrats