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THE PUEBLO INCIDENT: A SPY SHIP AND THE FAILURE OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE PUEBLO INCIDENT?

AND HOW DID OUR MISUNDERSTANDING OF NORTH KOREAN MOTIVES

MAKE THINGS WORSE?

ASK AN EXPERT

The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by Ohio State University Cold War Historian Mitchell Lerner on

THE PUEBLO INCIDENT: A SPY SHIP AND THE FAILURE OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

The capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo, American signals intelligence (SIGINT) ship, by North Korean gunships in January 1968 set off an international incident and led to the crew’s imprisonment in North Korea.


Drawing on thousands of pages of declassified documents from the Johnson Administration, along with dozens of interviews with those involved, Prof. Mitchell Lerner, an historian at Ohio State University and expert on the Cold War history of Korea, provides the most complete and accurate account available of the Pueblo incident. Those documents allow a detailed recounting and assessment of the capture of the ship, covert intelligence, the relevant political stakes, and the secret negotiations that led to the crew’s release.


Lerner argues that the North Koreans were operating with a domestic agenda rather than serving a global Communist conspiracy, and that the U.S. misunderstanding of this amplified the crisis.


With North Korea still seen as a rogue state by much of the world, The Pueblo Incident provides key insights into the domestic imperatives behind that country's foreign relations.

This book won the 2002 John Lyman Book Award for the best work of US Naval History, and was named by the American Library Association as one of fifty "historically significant works" that would not have been published after the passage of Executive Order 13233. It was also nominated for the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes.

This is the eleventh in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring expert eyewitnesses to, and other authorities on, significant Cold War and related events and activities. Presentations occur at the brewery or at the Vint Hill Craft Winery, followed by special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants.

Date: Sunday, May 20th

(NOTE: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION BUT CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A DISTANCE, HAVE A CONFLICT, ETC., THEY MAY BUY A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE AND THEN ACCESS THE EVENT VIDEO ONLINE AFTER THE EVENT VIA A LINK THAT CWM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON HALL WILL SEND THEM. TO ARRANGE, EMAIL JASON AT JASON@COLDWAR.ORG.)

Time: 1:00 PM. (Arrival at the brewery: 12:30-1:00 PM)

Cost: $25, including the presentation; a $7 coupon toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha or other drink; a $10 contribution to the Cold War Museum; and special access to the Museum (next door) for event participants following the presentation. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF AVAILABLE, WILL BE $35.

Location: Old Bust Head Brewing Company, 7134 Farm Station Road, Vint Hill, VA 20187, https://www.oldbusthead.com/, and the Cold War Museum, 7142 Lineweaver Road, Vint Hill, VA 20187, www.coldwar.org

Agenda:

  • 12:30-1:00. Participants arrive; they may get their beer or other drink at this time.

  • 1:00-1:10. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Mitchell Lerner.

  • 1:10-2:15. Mitch presents on the capture of the Pueblo, and on the misunderstandings that made the situation worse than it might have been.

  • 2:15-3:00. Q&A opportunity for the audience and Mitch will sign copies of his book The Pueblo Incident which you can bring to the event.

  • 3:00-3:15 Audience members may claim their beer or other drink at this time or buy additional drinks.

  • 3:15-4:15 The Museum (next door) will be open for event participants, with staff providing a tour for those interested.

Event seating at the brewery is limited, and many prior presentations have sold out well in advance, so we suggest that you secure your tickets promptly. Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org

Current Calendar of Scheduled Forthcoming Presentation Series Events.

Ticket availability for these events will normally appear on Eventbrite about 3 weeks prior to the event. They are normally spaced about 2 months apart, but if a special set of circumstances arises we will add others as needed. Everyone who has attended a prior event will be notified after the next event has been posted online. Since many of the prior events have sold out well in advance, you might want to act promptly.

  • July 22nd: Technology…The Key to NSA Success. John O’Hara, the former Chief Scientist for the National Security Agency, will discuss and give examples of the tremendous areas of NSA research and some of the results of NSA research and development. Where possible he will give some of the applications of the developments. He will also discuss the position of Chief Scientist at NSA, as much as security concerns permit. The four main areas of NSA research, according to the NSA website at https://www.nsa.gov/what-we-do/research/ , are:
    • We develop the means to dominate the global computing and communications network.
    • We cope with the overload of information in our environment and turn that overload to our strategic advantage.
    • We provide the means for ubiquitous, secure collaboration both within our government and through its interactions with various partners.
    • We create the means for penetrating into the "hard" targets that threaten our nation wherever, whenever, or whomever they may be.

  • We expect to schedule two additional presentations for the Fall.
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