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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Is Old Radio Day: The Pacific Story, "Our Strategic Needs in the Pacific" (1946)

The U.S. has been a Pacific nation since before 1850 (California statehood). With the addition of
Hawaii, Guam, American Somoa and other territories and the alliances we have, the Pacific is really not something we needed to "pivot" to. We simply are a Pacific power with all that implies.

Further, with the expenditure of lives of young Americans and the expenditure of vast sums to free the Pacific from occupation (including - by the way - China, the Philippines, New Guinea and other areas), we have paid our dues as a Pacific nation. We have every right and reason to be involved in the region. We are a "stakeholder."

Here's a show from 1946 dealing with the issues of Pacific in the days after WWII:


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