NATO: The Double Standard

Only two days after Secretary of State Dean Rusk in Frankfurt repeated the U.S. pledge to maintain six divisions in West Germany, newspapers reported that the U.S. has "scheduled the withdrawal" of an armored cavalry regiment from Germany. Sooner or later it may indeed be withdrawn but not for the time being. Anyway, the 5,000-man regiment plus five other regiments were rushed to Germany at the height of the Berlin crisis in 1961 in order to reinforce the six U.S. divisions committed to NATO. These temporary reinforcements would all have been brought back after the crisis eased—at a saving...

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