Greece: Goodbye, Zeus

No one in Athens or in Washington wanted to make too much of the issue, but Greece's sudden cancellation of Zeus, a small joint maneuver with American forces in the northern part of the country, exasperated U.S. officials. The scrapping of Zeus came just as the U.S. and Socialist Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, after months of feuding, appeared to be mending their differences.

Government Spokesman Dimitrios Maroudas blandly asserted that Greece had opted out of the maneuver, an exercise focusing on possible invasion routes through Eastern Europe, because "the only threat" to Greece came not from Warsaw Pact nations but from...

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