Joseph P. Kennedy, father of President John F. Kennedy and a former Ambassador to Great Britain, asked in 1950
"What business is it of ours to support French colonial policy in Indo-China or to achieve Mr. Syngman Rhee’s concepts of democracy in Korea? Shall we now send marines into the mountains of Tibet to keep the Dalai Lama on his throne?" ["Present Policy is Politically and Morally Bankrupt," December 12, 1950, quoted in Joseph Stromberg's A Lost Episode of the Old Right: The ‘Great Debate,’ 1950-1951, February 21, 2000]
That was after the Korean War had started, but before America had really gotten involved in Vietnam, and also before Tibet was actually occupied by the ChiComs. As John Derbyshire noted below, that happened in 1959.
The same Joseph Kennedy had also opposed, in 1938, participation in a European war, and didn't think, having won that war, the US needed to spend years garrisoning West Germany against the Russians.
No one listened to him, including JFK, who made a famous speech saying
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
Well, liberty did survive, but the price turned out to be fairly high, and in some cases, more than Americans wanted to pay. The point remains that sending Marines into the mountains of Tibet to reestablish the Dalai Lama on his throne would be stupid. China is an Evil Empire, but it's a very large evil empire, and has the nuclear bomb, so liberating Tibet by force is out.
We have spent some time writing about Tibet, here, though. John Derbyshire has provided most of our Tibet content at VDARE.com (See his Tibet's Long Agony, September 16th, 2003, from before he started working here.)
Steve Sailer asked a Human Biodiversity question about Tibet in 2008—whether the Han Chinese occupiers could actually reproduce at Lhasa's elevation, a height similar to that of Bolivia's Altiplano, where white women suffer a disproportionate amount of miscarriages due to the lack of oxygen.
In 2007, Linda Thom actually visited Tibet, riding the Chinese-built railway, and wrote Tibet's Turmoil—The Immigration Dimension for VDare.com
Below, a railway waiting room in Lhasa, with Chinese uniformed officials:
Linda wrote that
The Chinese certainly believe the [railway] line is an astonishing accomplishment as does much of the world media which touted its 2006 opening. But for the Buddhist, pastoral Tibetans, the line is a curse. It merely brings in more ethnic Han Chinese workers and tourists. They are overwhelming Tibet. (See Years of grievances erupt into rage, By Barbara Demick, LA Times March 18, 2008)
The train we rode had a capacity for 885 passengers and was about 85 percent full. The Chinese run eight trains in and eight trains out of Tibet daily which means that 12,000 riders come and go each day. My husband and I guessed, by observation of all cars, that our train carried about 90 percent Han Chinese, perhaps 5 percent "long-noses" (Europeans) and the remainder Tibetans.
Tibet is under occupation, and in September of last year, the Dalai Lama uttered some sympathetic words for Europeans, in Europe, who are under foreign occupation by immigrants.
And, by Jim Goad in Takimag, The Dalai Lama Is Literally Hitler, September 17, 2018.
From the start, the 14th Dalai Lama, the one who wears eyeglasses and hangs out with Richard Gere, has been a nationalist. But no one started comparing him to Hitler until he endorsed European nationalism.
It's funny how that happens.