Cold War: Improved Balance

Any surprises at NATO's year-end ministerial conference in Paris were purely accidental. An elevator got stuck in the headquarters of the alliance, briefly trapping a dozen photographers. Then U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara narrowly missed sudden death when the four-engine jet carrying him from Orly Airport to Saigon braked to a jolting stop on the runway, just in time to avoid collision with an incoming plane. As for the meeting of NATO's defense, finance and foreign ministers, it went so smoothly that the session adjourned after only two days, a day...

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