Below is a link to my op-ed article which the Cleveland Plain Dealer published on January 17. I wrote that while I don't believe that North Korea will ever return the ship, its presence in Pyongyang serves as a signal warning to Americans about how sloppily planned and executed surveillance missions can bring our nation to the brink of war.
If you're interested in hearing more about the Pueblo crisis, I'll be discussing it with Rod Utech of POW/MIA Radio on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2-4 p.m. Pacific Time. The website to listen live is:
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In the photo above, Captain Lloyd M. "Pete" Bucher (far left) leads his men in North Korea shortly after a flotilla of North Korean gunboats attacked the Pueblo in international waters and forced it into the port of Wonsan.