NATO: Diagnosing The Defence of Europe

Diagnosing the Defense of Europe

The verdict: an ailing Atlantic alliance

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization received a thorough physical and psychological checkup last week and was found to be less than robust at age 30. The general diagnosis: flabby nuclear muscle and a creeping inferiority complex. The prognosis: satisfactory recovery only if it undertakes strenuous, and expensive, new body building.

The loudest cry of alarm came from former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Brussels, where he chaired a three-day conference of 100 Western political and military experts that was sponsored by Georgetown University on the theme "NATO: The Next 30 Years."...

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