Army & Navy: Priceless Filigree

For a long time the Navy has wanted to get control of island bases which, in turn, would give the U.S. control of the Pacific. At both Paris peace conferences (1899 and 1919) it lost. Last week, the Navy showed that it was out to get the bases this time, and no mistake. Without waiting for diplomats to settle the legal status of islands once held by the Japs, the bare-knuckled admirals laid their own proposal before Congress.

The plan was as comprehensive as the Navy could make it. If it was adopted, the Pacific would become a filigree of 22...

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