BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Against the Periphery

Do not write off this offensive as a minor island hop. This push can reverse the status of the opposing forces in the Pacific war. We have been fighting a war of defense, irritating the Japs into attacking Guadalcanal, where we slaughtered their planes with clouds of fighters hopping off handy airfields. That was war of attrition. It was defensive, and it was not moving towards Tokyo.

This move is island-to-island warfare. It is the only way we can do this job so long as we have no more shipping than we have....

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