Eastern Europe: Must All Those Troops Stay?

There was a curtained irony to the whole affair. For months, Moscow had watched with glee as Charles de Gaulle hacked away intransigently at the NATO alliance. Now, on the other side of the eroding Iron Curtain, the Russians were getting a taste of the same galling medicine. Out of many Eastern European capitals last week came reports of a Rumanian round-robin message to the nations of the Warsaw Pact.*

It charged that Soviet troops were no longer needed in Eastern Europe, since the threat of U.S. aggression had faded. It proposed that...

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