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Disclosed Docs Reveal NATO Tried To ‘Contain’ West Germany – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on January 7, 2019

Like most government endeavors, it is about control.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/01/no_author/disclosed-docs-reveal-nato-tried-to-contain-west-germany-avert-pact-with-ussr/

Sputnik News

NATO’s first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, once jokingly described the bloc’s purpose as being to “keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down”. The last part of this was never said in public, but recently declassified documents suggest that this was not a joke after all.

Fascinating details of an undisclosed 1966 memo from US Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara to President Lyndon B. Johnson were published in December by the National Security Archive, an NGO specialised at declassifying documents, drawing the attention of German media.

According to the memo, the US was not just stationing troops in Europe during the Cold War to “contain” the USSR — it was also to discourage West Germany from striking a bilateral security pact with Moscow. Furthermore, McNamara argued that the US presence in Europe would help prevent “the revival of German militarism”. Read the rest of this entry »

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