While the subject of my address is the Pacific, my initial comments will center on Europe, I realize that I state the obvious when contrasting the geography of the Pacific and Europe, and the comparative economic and cultural cohesiveness of the two areas, Continental Europe is, in relative terms, small and cohesive. It is about 1,260 miles from Madrid to Oslo, about half the distance from my headquarters to Seattle. Much more important is the common historical, cultural, political and economic underpinning which underlies the European community. To be sure there are differences but, when compared to the Pacific, these differences are as narrow as the geographic distances involved.
Lyons, James A. Jr.
"A Peacetime Stategy for the Pacific,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 40
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol40/iss1/7