In a March 1999 conference sponsored by the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation and the U.S. Naval Institute, an assembly of distinguished historians, military veterans, and government officials tackled the questions of whether the Korean War was "The Wrong War? With the Wrong Enemy? At the Wrong Place? At the Wrong Time?"
These, of course, were the words Army General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Omar Bradley used to scotch a proposed expansion of the war to the Asian mainland against Red China. Bradley's words have been misappropriated over time to describe the bloody conflict begun 50 years ago on the Korean peninsula.