National Affairs: AN UNSINKABLE AIRCRAFT CARRIER

Highlights of MacArthur's statement on Formosa:

IN view of misconceptions currently being voiced concerning the relationship of Formosa to our strategic potential in the Pacific, I believe it in the public interest to avail myself of this opportunity to state my views thereon ... Prior [to the past war] the Western strategic frontier of the U.S. lay on the littoral line of the Americas, with an exposed island salient extending out through Hawaii, Midway and Guam to the Philippines. That salient was not an outpost of strength, but an avenue of weakness along which the enemy could and did attack us ..."

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