Europe's New Line On Nato: `Yankee Don't Go Home'

Before the gulf crisis, both the military role of the U. S. in Europe and its influence there seemed destined to fade. American protection seemed less needed as the cold war ebbed, and allies were proposing a European Community defense organization that would exclude the U. S. But the American show of military prowess, contrasting with Europe's uneven and indecisive response to the crisis, is causing European leaders to rally again to the U. S.-led NATO alliance. The result will be to bolster U. S. influence despite a shrinking U. S. military presence. Transfers to the gulf have left around 200,000 U. S. troops in Europe, down from 325,000 last August, and budget cuts are likely to lower the total to 100,000 eventually.

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