The Period Of Gentle Pressure: The Mansfield Resolutions, 1966–70

  • Phil Williams

Abstract

In 1966 the congressional pressure for troop withdrawals from Western Europe changed significantly. What had hitherto been the isolated murmurings of a small, albeit growing, number of individuals became a much more focused and institutionalised — if still rather modest — protest movement against the status quo in NATO. From 1966 through to 1970, Majority Leader Mansfield introduced a series of Senate resolutions recommending that the number of American troops in Europe be considerably reduced. Although these resolutions were never pushed to the vote, Mansfield gathered an increasing number of co-sponsors, thereby displaying the growing sentiment in the Chamber in favour of a smaller American presence in Western Europe.

Keywords

Europe Steam Expense Defend Exter 

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Notes and References

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