East-West: Rx Rejected

Debating Kissinger's proposals

Anyone who proposes radically revamping a 35-year-old institution can expect to stir controversy, and that was exactly what Henry Kissinger did last week. In an article written for TIME, the former Secretary of State called for a thorough reshaping of the 16-member Atlantic Alliance to give the West Europeans more responsibility for their own defense.

He suggested a reversal of the tradition that the alliance's military commander is always an American and its civilian leader a European; he asked Europe to play a greater role in making decisions on arms control and ground defense. If the Europeans do...

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