Foreign Relations: Realpolitik in the '60s

Civilian strategists have long urged a reduction in the 260,000-man U.S. military force in Western Europe. They point out that the threat of Soviet invasion has receded, that a phased with drawal of U.S. troops — particularly if met by a parallel Soviet drawdown —might further unlimber the exchange of goods and ideas between East and West.

More immediately, a cutback in European troop levels would do much to ease the balance-of-payments problems that have plagued the U.S. Treasury and drained Bonn's Bundesbank for the past few years. Last week the U.S. routinely announced a reduction of its NATO force...

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