Years later, Bucher remained angry that no U.S. forces were sent to aid the Pueblo.
"The U.S. at that time had enormous military forces in the western Pacific within five minutes flying time of us," Bucher told The Associated Press in 1988. "I would have thought something could be mustered to come to our aid. But everybody just forgot we were there."
That would be under the brilliant military/foreign policy era of Johnson, and McNamara (who did such a wonderful job with Vietnam strategy and tactics).
I heard the same story about the Pueblo that was published about the Liberty. In both cases, all of the appropriate aircraft in range were armed with nuclear weapons. I don't have first hand knowledge about the Liberty, but my source on the Pueblo was pretty good.
We did have intelligence that indicated the North Koreans were about to pull something in the days before the Pueblo was taken (troop movements, radio traffic, etc) but nothing specific to the Pueblo.
posted on 01/30/2004 4:34:23 AM PST
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