|Title||NATO and European Security|
|Host||Buckley, William F. (William Frank), 1925-2008.|
|Guest(s)||1) Haig, Alexander Meigs, 1924- - General, U.S. Army, Supreme Allied Commander in
Europe, sometime Chief of Staff to President Nixon|
|Taped on||Feb 12, 1979 (London, England)|
|Broadcast Date||Feb 18, 1979|
|Duration||60 minutes (or hh:mm:ss)|
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|Summary||General Haig had just announced his resignation as Supreme Allied Commander, and speculation was rife as to the reason. But today's show is not about any political ambitions General Haig might have, but rather about what we can do to enhance our and our allies' security. We start with the fact that the Shah of Iran had just been overthrown-costing us an observation post from which to monitor events in the Soviet Union, and also a stabilizing influence in the Gulf region-and go on through President Carter's decision to put the neutron bomb on hold, to Europe's perceptions of American reliability: "I would start out with the broad observation that the tragic outcome of America's involvement in Southeast Asia left deep scars in the European perception of American reliability.... I think subsequent events-and it would not be difficult to tick them off, ranging from the change of a hundred years' at least crypto-neutrality for Afghanistan; the coup d'etat in Southern Yemen; untended, unchallenged, and illegal Soviet interventionism in Africa ... -all have tended to aggravate the concerns that have been long-standing and which were intensified by the outcome in Vietnam."|
|Subject Heading(s)||National security -- Europe.|
National security -- United States.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
|Related Document(s)||Type(s): Transcript|
Type(s): Research materials
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