The change had been reluctant, gradual and unpublicized, but by last week the fact was indisputable: the U.S. was pulling most of its weight out of the Pacific and shifting to the Atlantic. The great Pacific battleground, which had once been dotted with Army & Navy bases, crisscrossed with the wakes and aircraft courses of the mightiest fighting fleet in history, had become a lightly patrolled frontier. Behind a defense line running through the Marianas to Okinawa, Japan and Alaska, the U.S. had retreated to its own West Coast.

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