A Reminder of NATO's Resilience

Will NATO survive?  It should comfort us to realize that fifty years ago, we were asking the same question.  President Charles de Gaulle pulled France out of the NATO military organization on June 30, 1966.  France, which had a modern army and navy and also an independent nuclear force, now would determine when and how to honor its NATO treaty obligations and, while the treaty obligation remained, the decisions now to honor that obligation now rested with France.  Charles de Gaulle, the symbol of French resistance in the Second World War; the French colonel who had developed the Blitzkrieg system, which the German Army studied before that war began; the general who ended the Fourth Republic and created the Fifth Republic, the French governmental system that has lasted longer than any other, could be infuriating and exasperating, but no one doubted his intelligence, courage, or patriotism. If America and other nations in NATO needed other reasons to worry, the...(Read Full Article)

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