FOREIGN RELATIONS: To Shoe an Achilles Heel

If the Japanese should attempt an invasion of the U.S., a convenient place to land would be Mexico. Mexico's 4,200-mile-long western coastline has hundreds of sheltered bays and inlets, in many places could offer no more formidable resistance than a few bewildered fishermen. From beachheads along the coast, an invader could move north into the mountains of California, could establish a submarine base to attack U.S. shipping, could bomb most of the U.S. Southwest.

To protect themselves and each other from this nightmare possibility, Mexico and the U.S. last week set up a...

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