By Nichter, Luke; Nixon, Richard Milhous
The U.S.-European courting is still the nearest and most crucial alliance on the earth. considering 1945, successive American presidents every one positioned their very own touches on transatlantic kin, however the literature has reached in simple terms into the presidency of Lyndon Johnson (1963-9). this primary examine of transatlantic family through the period of Richard Nixon exhibits a fancy, turbulent interval in which the postwar interval got here to an finish, and the fashionable period got here to be on each side of the Atlantic by way of political, monetary, and armed forces kinfolk
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87 Rather than formulate a clear policy, the White House dispatched various administration ofﬁcials to testify at nearly every venue deemed of value. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird asked the House Committee on Armed Services, “Why do we need 310,000 troops in Europe 25 years after the end of World War II? The Warsaw Pact maintains over 55 divisions in Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, most of which could be combat read in less than 2 days . . ”88 Laird understood that he was ﬁghting a rising tide of American isolationism.
26 The reception to Nixon’s proposal was not entirely enthusiastic on either side of the Atlantic. 27 Many Europeans believed the CCMS would duplicate work being done by other bodies, whether OECD, the Council of Europe, the European Economic Community (EEC), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), or the new UN Environmental Program (UNEP). The United Kingdom, the closest American ally, was 22 23 24 25 26 27 DNSA, Memorandum from Richard N. Moore to Ofﬁce of Vice President, Ofﬁce of Secretary of State, Ofﬁce of the Secretary of Defense, and the Ofﬁce of the Director, OEP, “NSC Meeting, February 19,” February 18, 1969.
Because French nuclear forces remained outside of NATO, the French had few alternatives for such cooperation. 52 Any nuclear power large enough to assist France was already part of a bloc, either NATO or the Warsaw Pact, or a signatory to the NPT. By agreeing to bilateral defense assistance, Nixon seized an opportunity to achieve a de facto reintegration of French forces into NATO while not publicly insisting on reintegration. Moreover, defense assistance could yield an even closer bilateral relationship than the one that existed prior to the French withdrawal from NATO.
Richard Nixon and Europe : The Reshaping of the Postwar Atlantic World by Nichter, Luke; Nixon, Richard Milhous