NATO: The Indispensable Argument

After all the tumult of Asia, Dwight Eisenhower stepped out of his special train onto an enormous red carpet in Paris' Gare de Lyon to a reception correct in its pomp but cool in the reserve visible in the face of Charles de Gaulle. Despite their old acquaintance and friendship, the Presidents of France and the U.S. were cast willy-nilly as antagonists in the bitterest conflict in the history of the ten-year-old Atlantic alliance.

Four days before Ike's arrival, as Cabinet members and top military brass of 15 nations descended on Paris, the...

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