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Thursday, February 19, 1942

Had a meeting with the Navy. One encouraging sign was that they have come to recognize the need for cargo ships! But they’d like us to stop building armament and equipment so they can have more battleships, etc., etc. Wonder how they finally expect to win this war. We’ve got to go on harrassing defensive west of Hawaii; hold India and Ceylon; build up air and land forces in England; and, when we’re strong enough, go after Germany’s vitals, and we’ve got to do it while Russia is still in the war – in fact, only by doing it soon can we keep Russia in. The trickle of supplies we can send through Basra and Archangel is too small to help her much.