The day before Douglas MacArthur gave Congress a four-point strategy to win the Korean war, Harry Truman made public, through a press release, a four-point strategy for the defense of the Pacific. Its provisions:
¶A U.S. peace treaty with Japan, including an arrangement for American forces to garrison the country until it can protect itself.
¶ A U.S. base on Okinawa. ¶A U.S. guarantee that an armed attack on the Philippines would be looked upon as an armed attack upon the U.S. itself. ¶A U.S. agreement with Australia and New Zealand on defense.
The day after MacArthur's address, the Truman...