MEN AT WAR: Waiting for the Second Alarm

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If the lithe, handsome, four-star U.S. admiral who holds the job of CINCPAC (Commander in Chief, Pacific) were to write a geography primer for children, he would probably start with these simple facts: three-fourths of the earth's surface is ocean. One-third of the earth's surface is the Pacific. Above this vast reach of blue water, above its coasts and islands, is the three-dimensional ocean of the air.

If he were to write a modern history primer, he might put down this: it has become the business of the U.S. to make the...

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