Just Another Talking Shop?

Sept. 11 brought on one of NATO's historic hours — the first case of mutual defense ever declared in the alliance's 52-year existence — yet not a turret turned on a single tank. In the two months since then, NATO has provided more political than military cover for the U.S.-led war on terrorism.

And until now, that was just how the Americans wanted it. Washington was eager to get the overflight rights and port privileges that come with the NATO declaration but was clearly set on waging the war on terror alone, mostly because doing it with...

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