I would favour a bypass, really. Retaking the place was just a Mac prestige project when you think about it. And the argument can be made that no invasion means no Manila Massacre and other huge scale atrocities, to say nothing of 20k American and 350k Japanese deaths.Interesting responses, but overall shaping towards it can't be done without a near clairvoyant sense of what's coming at least a couple of years in advance. That brings me to the other question. There was definitely opposition to retaking the Philippines in the USN, wanting to focus the if they had gotten their way would that have shortened the war?