Secretary of State Dean G. Acheson. He was a key figure in the creation of the North Atlantic alliance and the effort to bring West Germany into a Western European community. (Photo taken at Acheson’s office in 1950, from collection of Harry S. Truman Library, accession number 85-63).
French Told U.S. that West Germany Could Join NATO as Long as There Was “No Independent Wehrmacht”
State Department Intelligence Saw NATO as a “Place” to Help West Germany “Satisfy its Reasonable Aspirations and Contain any Potential Unreasonable Ones”