FROM NATO TO INDEPENDENCE: REFLECTIONS ON DE GAULLE'S SECESSION,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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In the short term, Frances secession from NATO suggests a tactical success for de Gaulle and promises an uncomfortable though probably peaceful adaptation of relations in the European area to a loosening of international obligations and a lessening of the unity of purpose. The response of the alliance suggests that its political and military substance is more destructible than its appearances. But while de Gaulle may succeed in destroying the substance of NATO, he will probably fail to gain a strategic victory for France, for by asserting Frances independence from the United States, he is likely to open the way to Germanys independence from France.
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