Time and costs of waging the global war remained uppermost in the U.S.
staff's thinking. In the interim period of early 1943, with Allied
strategy against Germany still in flux, a fear of a prolonged conflict
and a resultant stalemate in the European war began to haunt the U.S.
staff. At the same time, strong added pressure for developing an
acceptable formula for keeping the Mediterranean issue under control and
for defeating Germany decisively and quickly on the Continent was also
building up because of the equally significant and continuing demands
for American resources and strength for the Pacific. The Army planning
staff warned the-JCS to take a firm stand against the continued pouring
of U.S. resources into the Mediterranean after HUSKY, lest the time and
cost of defeating Japan become almost prohibitive.31
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