The Long Entanglement: NATO's First Fifty Years

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fissures must be closed if NATO is to survive the decade. NATO will have to consider as appropriate to its vital concerns the very parts of the world toward which the Nixon Doctrine had sought to reduce American commitments.

There is considerable doubt in 1980 that the United States can continue to base its policies in Asia and Africa on the lessons of Vietnam. The Nixon Doctrine had identified limits to American commitment on the assumption that others would pick up the burden of peacekeeping. The upheaval in the Islamic world, the apparent willingness of the Soviet Union to spread into the southern hemisphere, and the inhibited NATO responses to these challenges have shaken this assumption. The direction for the 1980s lies not in a unilateral revival of the Truman Doctrine, but in a reinvigorated and unified NATO in which both authority and responsibility are more widely shared than in the past.


NOTES
1.
The New Language of Politics: An Anecdotal Dictionary of Catchwords, Slogans, and Political Usage ( New York: Random House, 1969), p. 114.
2.
See Truman Message to Congress, March 12, 1947, in Public Papers of the Presidents, 1947 ( Washington DC: GPO, 1963), p. 178ff.
3.
"Europe's Relations with the United States," Daedalus, Winter 1979, p. 87.
4.
"The Illusion of American Omnipotence," Harper's, December 1950, pp. 21-28.
5.
Henry A. Kissinger, "The Viet Nam Negotiations," Foreign Affairs, January 1969, pp. 211-234; Informal Remarks on Guam with Newsmen, July 25, 1969, in Public Papers of the Presidents, 1969 ( Washington: GPO, 1971), p. 544ff.
6.
Warren F. Kuehl, "The Nixon Doctrine: A New Strategic Concept," unpublished MS, 1977, p. 5.
7.
Marshall Green, "The Nixon Doctrine: A Progress Report," U.S. Department of State Bulletin, February 8, 1971, p. 161.
8.
First Annual Report to the Congress on Foreign Policy of the 1970s, in Public Papers of the Presidents, 1970, 18 February 1970 ( Washington DC: GPO, 1971), pp. 118, 119, 126. (Emphasis in the original.)
9.
Radio address, 13 October 1968, "The Time to Save NATO," in Atlantic Community Quarterly, Winter 1968- 1969, pp. 481-82.
10.
Remarks to the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, 24 February 1969, in Public Papers of the Presidents, 1969, p. 106. In his memoirs, Nixon says he "felt that the European trip had accomplished all the goals we set for it." ( RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon [ New York: Warner Books, 1978], vol. 1, p. 463.)
11.
Henry A. Kissinger, The Troubled Partnership: Reappraisal of the Atlantic Alliance ( New York: McGraw-Hill, 1965). See, also, John G. Stoessinger, Henry Kissinger: The Anguish of Power ( New York: W. W. Norton, 1976), p. 137ff. Kissinger underscores his case for European unity in his memories, White House Years ( Boston: Little, Brown, 1979), pp. 81-82.
12.
Congressional Record, Vol. 115, 91st Congress, 1st Session, December 1, 1969, pp. 36147 and 36167.

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