Byline: James Morrison, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Historic day for NATO
Donald H. Rumsfeld remembers that when he was appointed U.S. ambassador to NATO in 1972, the alliance had 15 members and the Cold War was raging.
Now secretary of defense, Mr. Rumsfeld recalled his earlier service as he stood with prime ministers from seven former communist nations celebrating their admission to the Western military alliance. Their inclusion boosted the membership to 26 and expanded NATO's eastern boundary to a solid border with Russia from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.
"When I was ambassador to NATO, the nations here tonight were trapped behind the Iron …