On the other side, Kim II Sung was a military Capitan and he understood the structure needed for a well trained army. He was conditioned by the Soviet Union and instilled the idea of a unified Korea. He also never believed that Korea could be unified peacefully (Goncharov 142). Kim II Sung noticed when United States President Truman pulled U.S. troops out of the Korea due to the increasingly strong arm tactics by Rhee. Kim also saw an opening within the military forces of power in Korea when the Soviet troop movement out of Korea created a vacuum. With the help of Soviet advisors Kim now could create his war machine in push it into motion.
Politically, Kim also saw that Rhee was losing much support due to Rhee’s style of governing. During Rhee’s clamp down on opponents he ended up loosing control of the legislature. Rhee’s tactics were not working and Kim saw this. What Kim perceived was that on the Korea peninsula there were two political ideologies with two leaders. One of them is weak and one of them is strong and that Korea was up for grabs (LaFeber 108).
Kim II Sung knew that he was supposed to rally the country over a nationalist movement. Because of his ties to Mao he knew that he would have to distance himself from Mao. His plan was to move closer to the Soviet military. As stated, they would help train the army and instill discipline. Additionally, Kim met with Stalin seeking supplies from the communist leader. Stalin kept his distance but agreed to supply the means for Kim’s armies to win. Kim made sure that his plan would be agreeable to Stalin (LaFeber 109).
Finally, Kim felt that the strategy that he chose would help Stalin by creating a unified Korea in which could off set the western militarized Japan. Korea would be the counter to the “little’ Marshal plan for Asia.” This would