Clinton Administration officials will soon fan out across the U.S. to convince Americans that NATO should be expanded. But left out of the sales pitch will be the fact that the President's proposal was one his aides fought over bitterly in the beginning.

The idea was first planted with Clinton in April 1993 during a Washington ceremony to open the Holocaust Museum. With time on their hands before the speechmaking, Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa, the Presidents of the Czech Republic and Poland, cornered Clinton to urge that NATO admit East European countries. Havel and Walesa had got nowhere with George...

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