chapter  3
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THE POLARIS PROJECT AND NATO

In the immediate aftermath of Nassau, Dean Rusk wrote to various American missions in Europe. He told them he was concerned that NATO members had formed the impression that the Kennedy-Macmillan meeting in the Bahamas had led to far-reaching decisions being made without consultation of other allies. He wanted to stress that the issue of Skybolt had been essentially a bilateral matter. It would therefore not have been possible to consult NATO members in the NAC meeting held just before summit at Nassau because the decision to cancel Skybolt had not been finalized then. Moreover, he said, the president and prime minister only decided at Nassau that the decisions they were making could offer opportunities for the alliance as a whole.1