COMMAND: Pacific Trinity

In a week in which the entire U.S. was showering praise on General Eisenhower for the job he did in unifying the diverse Allied commands in Europe, many an armchair strategist in the U.S. cried out for an Eisenhower of the Pacific. They had some reason: the Pacific command, the lines of which were defined none too sharply by Franklin Roosevelt shortly be fore he died, is complicated.

General Douglas MacArthur holds two commands: Allied commander in chief of the Southwest Pacific Area (CINCSOWES-PAC), and commander in chief of Army forces in the...

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