Gallery: LBJ the Power Broker

An illustration by Joaquin de Alba that appeared in the afternoon tabloid, the Washington Daily News. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Charles de Gaulle had chafed at the dominant role of the United States in Europe since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949. After becoming president of France a decade later, he began to look for ways to knock the United States down a few notches. In 1966, he announced that France would withdraw its armed forces from NATO’s unified command. As a result, NATO would have to remove its headquarters from Paris, and all foreign troops, particularly U.S. ones, would be forced to evacuate the country. Johnson’s top advisers urged him to strike back at the French president.” -- H.W. Brands, “Johnson the Power Broker”

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