CENTO: The Baghdad-less Pact

As the limousines rolled up, one after another, the honor guard posted before Washington's vast, columned Interdepartmental Auditorium repeatedly sprang to attention. Inside the hushed hall a loudspeaker announced each arrival: Premier Manouchehr Eghbal of Iran, Premier Adnan Menderes of Turkey, Foreign Minister Manzur Qadir of Pakistan, British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Harold Caccia. With all due pomp, the U.S. last week was playing host to the semiannual Ministerial Council of CENTO, the Baghdad-less Baghdad Pact.

As it often does, pomp concealed a certain lack of substance. When revolutionary Iraq walked...

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