February 5, 1989 |
There was a distant explosion as the soldiers in Observation Post Alpha peered through anti-laser goggles at an East German village beyond the tall mesh fences. "That sounded like a tank round," said U.S. Army Sgt. Larry O'Blenness. "Their tanks never come over that ridge," he said, pointing to a hill less than two miles away. Behind it, brawny Soviet T-72 and T-80 tanks, with missile-deflecting "reactive" armor and laser range finders, regularly maneuver with helicopter and artillery units.
April 22, 1999
The limos and red carpets are ready to roll. The flags are unfurled; the champagne's on ice. Starting tomorrow, Washington will host a summit to mark NATO's 50th anniversary. But it will not be the mix of celebration and vision-stretching that its planners had hoped. That's because the alliance's war to protect Kosovo requires the most attention. What's more, the ultimate outcome of this crisis will help tell NATO what its future mission should be - and can be. So by all means, this summit should toast the fact that NATO - founded in the aftermath of Joseph Stalin's squeeze on Berlin and the allied airlift to save it - created a successful united Western front against the Soviet Union.
November 21, 2002 |
President Bush's visit to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit this week in Prague marks a triumph for a man critics once dubbed a lightweight on foreign policy. This trip - Bush's 11th abroad - is a far cry from his first European visit in June 2001. On his first visit, the Europeans derided the new American President mercilessly. "No one," sniffed the Spanish paper El Pais, "has ever bothered more people in less time. " Most Europeans are singing a different tune this week.
January 26, 1996
The American-led Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia has already reached a defining moment. The issue in question is whether the NATO peacekeeping implementation force should make sites of alleged war crimes accessible to international investigators over the objections of the Bosnian Serbs. The unequivocal answer should be "yes, as quickly as possible. " Obviously, all Americans share the desire to bring the troops home safely, but . . . the goal of Operation Joint Endeavor is to create the conditions for lasting peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina, an essential element of which is uncovering the truth about war crimes.
January 19, 2013 |
LONDON - As international military operations continued in Algeria and Mali, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged NATO on Friday to be more innovative and flexible so it can keep "relentless pressure" on al-Qaeda and be able to respond to a broad range of future security threats. Panetta was speaking as officials were still trying to sort out details in the kidnapping and possible rescue effort of hostage in Algeria. He said NATO nations must work together to help other countries beef up their security and ensure that terrorists can't establish safe havens anywhere in the world.
March 16, 1986 |
So certain did it seem that Spaniards would vote to pull the nation out of NATO last week that some people were using the past tense before any ballots had been cast. The referendum "was lost a month ago," a Socialist confided two days before the polls opened. There "were a lot of miscalculations," agreed another analyst, referring to the government's decision to call for a vote. And two columnists in the International Herald Tribune explained why Spain would be leaving, once it finally got around to referendum day, of course.
February 3, 2012 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - A U.S. proposal to step back from leading combat operations in Afghanistan by the middle of 2013 divided NATO on Tuesday as some allies objected to being caught by surprise, and France suggested that the alliance completely end its involvement in fighting over the next two years. Germany, Britain, and other NATO members complained in closed talks at alliance headquarters that they had been blindsided by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who described the U.S. plan to reporters on his way to Brussels on Wednesday, according to a senior NATO diplomat.
November 10, 1991 |
In some respects, the reshaping of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, ratified at the summit here the last few days, is a remarkable accomplishment. But behind the bravado of NATO's leaders, despite the assertion in the pieces of paper ratified by the heads of the 16 member-nations that the alliance remains "essential," there was a sense here that NATO is living on borrowed time. The organization has replaced its old security doctrine, based purely on military deterrence, with a far broader concept of security based on dialogue, cooperation and a collective defense capability.
June 24, 1987 |
Outgoing NATO Commander Gen. Bernard Rogers says that although an arms control agreement with the Soviet Union is "inevitable," his opposition to the proposed treaty with the Soviet Union is widely shared by his subordinate commanders in the Western Alliance. Rogers, in an interview published today in the New York Times, said he and other commanders in the 16-nation alliance also believe a Soviet attack could not be resisted for long without medium- and shorter-range nuclear missiles, which would be removed under the proposed treaty.
August 31, 1995 |
It is as though the empire finally struck back. After three years of being bullied and humiliated, NATO unleashed its big guns on the recalcitrant Bosnian Serbs. The latest air strikes bore scant resemblance to the symbolic past bombings of rusty old tanks and empty depots - so-called "pinpricks" that earned the combined forces of the United Nations and NATO widespread disdain in Bosnia. In what was tantamount to a full-scale declaration of war by NATO against the Bosnian Serbs, jets targeted at least eight key military and communications facilities.