The Allies: Three on a Horse

Top British defense officials listened politely in London last week while a U.S. Navy task force argued the merits of a missile-firing surface fleet manned by mixed NATO crews. The Britons' real feelings toward the multilateral force (MLF) were best expressed in a sardonic limerick that made the rounds of Whitehall:

Hooray for the Multimixed Force,

German, British and Yankee, of course!

Each produces a knight,

And the plan is to fight-Ordeter-with all three on one horse.

Behind U.S. efforts to sell MLF was the ill-concealed fact that military Washington does not really believe in it either. Privately the Pentagon considers it at best...

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