Three Southern Senators not noted for their broad view of the world last week began to feel the inward stirrings of manifest destiny.
Up to the rostrum went a brief resolution from Tennessee's Kenneth McKellar, the premier spoilsman of the Senate. It carried diplomatic dynamite. Modestly, it called on the U.S. to acquire:
¶ All 1 ,400 Jap-mandated islands in the Pacific (including the Carolines, Marshalls and Marianas), plus the Bonin Islands, Marcus, Ryukyu and Formosa.
¶ Bermuda and all other islands in the West Indies now owned by European nations (the Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua, Trinidad,...