NATO: The New Account

In the ordinary run of things, the members of the North Atlantic Alliance, like partners in a family firm, tend to take their union for granted. But last week, as December's annual meeting of NATO's Ministerial Council drew near, there was an outburst of hooting, hollering and name calling. France's Charles de Gaulle served notice that he was discontented with NATO's political structure. Britain's Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, until last month NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, was, as usual, chipperly dissatisfied with almost everybody.

Monty led off the chorus of...

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