NATO: Tidying the War Room

Apologists for NATO are wont to find proof of the Alliance's vitality in the quantity of discord it can contain without actually flying apart. By that negative measure, NATO was positively brimming with health as its defense ministers met in Paris last week. They came armed with bulging portfolios of grievances—and never opened them.

British Defense Minister Denis Healey, for example, would dearly like to withdraw one-fifth of Britain's 53,000-man Army of the Rhine. Nearly everyone was mad at France for its recent announcement that it will not participate in next year's...

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