JAPAN: Strategic Springboard

If U.S. efforts to help friendly China were a failure, U.S. occupation of her former enemy, Japan, was a success. Chinese Communists and their friends abroad might demand that U.S. Marines get out of China, but in the U.S. and Japan there was scarcely a whisper about America's pulling out of Japan.

Just twelve months had passed since the launching of the strangest military occupation in history. In the postwar world twelve defeated nations have had conquering armies quartered on their soil. Japan, alone among them, appeared to be enjoying the experience. She had not, like Germany, been divided into zones,...

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