138 MacArthur to Curtin
Teleprinter message BXC270  BRISBANE, 17 March 1943
The failure of the Prime Minister to receive any reply to his message of January 19th  is an astonishing development if it can be assumed that his cablegram was duly received. I have heard nothing yet from the military group sent to Washington.  They have been directed to present the needs of this area in the most positive terms. Any reinforcement to their plea cannot fail to be beneficial especially if it does not lay itself open to the suspicion of definite collusion. A possible avenue of approach would be to secure the help of Churchill applied to Roosevelt. It is from the latter that the actual forces must come not only for geographical reasons but because the Pacific theatre has been designated as a primary American responsibility. If Churchill could be persuaded that America could do much more here than at present without in any way jeopardizing direct assistance to the British islands, which is a fact, he might be willing to add his pressure to our appeal. I believe that much benefit might result through independent action on the part of the Prime Minister and at the worst no harm could be done.