MOROCCO: Five-Year Plan

Almost unnoticed, the U.S. has been negotiating to surrender five of its most important overseas airbases: the Strategic Air Command's "frontline" B-47 fields (and a naval air station) in Morocco. Reason for the deal is twofold: 1) nationalist pressure in newly independent Morocco for withdrawal of all foreign forces, U.S. as well as French and Spanish; 2) U.S. judgment that in the near future the Moroccan bomber fields will have lost their present strategic value.

Legally and politically, the U.S. has found itself in an awkward spot ever since the French granted...

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