World: Consternation Piece

Last week the public witnessed, and U.S. strategists suffered, an extraordinary outbreak of what Washington calls local-itis. Symptoms of this disease appeared in Alaska and the Aleutians (see p. 26), but the most virulent manifestations occurred in the Southwest Pacific area commanded by General Douglas Mac-Arthur. In conjunction with subordinate commanders and Australian politicians, he waged a public campaign, through the press, to compel a major and immediate change in U.S. strategy. ^ General MacArthur said from Australia: "The range of our air force over surrounding waters marks the stretch of no...

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