chapter  7
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ALLIES UNDER STRAIN

In an interview conducted shortly after the end of Johnson administration, Harlan Cleveland, who became the US permanent representative to NATO at the end of 1965, claimed that President Johnson was ‘not very much interested [in NATO] because it wasn’t producing very many problems and therefore it wasn’t very interesting’. Moreover, Johnson’s growing obsession with Vietnam resulted in his constant desire to explain to NATO why the US was acting in the way it was.1