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  •  Not quite. We sent about 7500 troops to (5+ / 0-)

    Vladivostok during the Russian Revolution to secure the railhead there and protect against the Bolsheviks, while we waited for our rolling stock, left on the Eastern Front during WWI, to arrive for transport home.  We never fired a shot and we left when our stuff arrived.

    Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

    by SpamNunn on Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 11:25:49 AM PDT

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    •  Not the way the Russians remember it, (6+ / 0-)

      There was massive intervention by forign powers when russia was weak and others took advantage.

      the fact that back then the US was a realitivly small military power and a small part of the intervention is neither here nor there. In their terms the US was part of the intervention and carries as much responsibility as Japanese crucifying Communists in siberia or British or French intervention in the far North and the Baltic and the Black Sea including Georgia!

      •  That's the way the Bolsheviks remember it, (4+ / 0-)

        I am sure.  A perspective thing, I guess.

        Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

        by SpamNunn on Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 11:46:50 AM PDT

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        •  Not many Bolsheviks left but.. (5+ / 0-)

          if the rest of the Russian population has been subject to propaganda of the greatness of Russia and the evilness of forigners for pretty much all of the last centuary, then not many are going to care to much about the detail of the yanks came but they were better behaved than the Japanese!

          Sort of a bit like war of 1812, major national myth in the US, to Britain a barely rememberedd sideshow during the Napoleonic Global wars.

          To most in the US probably not even aware US intervened in the Russian civil war, I bet the Russians remember.

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