NATO: Facts Without Flowers

Outside, all Holland was ablaze with tulips, but in one bare-walled room of The Hague's Princess Juliana Kazarne, the dominant colors were the army green of the ashtrays and the top-secret red of the wastebaskets. There were no flowers in the room for the simple reason that they afford a natural receptacle for hidden microphones. This week, as NATO's 15 Foreign Ministers gathered for their 15th spring meeting around the long, oval table in that closely guarded room, the most intimate secrets of the Western alliance were up for discussion.

Partial Control. The agenda also left plenty of time for...

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