World Battlefronts: Doubt

The incredible fact that General Douglas MacArthur still does not know just what he is supposed to do, or how he is to do it, emerged last week from Australia. U.S. correspondents flatly reported that General MacArthur, five weeks after leaving Bataan, still lacks the authority to set up an adequate staff, plan an adequate campaign, and execute the plans.

For this state of affairs, there were two reasons: 1) General MacArthur had not received from Washington a clear, specific directive defining his command area and responsibilities; 2) he lacked clear authority to direct U.S. naval operations within his area, whatever it...

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