On this day 65 years ago, Harry Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea, three days after a UN Security Council resolution authorizing military assistance to South Korea. Here’s J.B. Lenoir with “Korea Blues.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.