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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Analysts Decry NATO Expansion

WASHINGTON -- In one of the first significant organized efforts by opponents of NATO enlargement, 46 former American foreign-affairs luminaries released a letter to U.S. President Bill Clinton calling the expansion plan "a policy error of historic proportions.''

The letter Thursday urged Clinton to halt the process and pursue a series of alternative measures to ensure peace and stability to central and eastern Europe. Included were such names as former Georgia Democratic Senator Sam Nunn and former secretary of defense Robert McNamara.

"The purpose [of the letter] is to demonstrate that serious, thoughtful people have doubts about the wisdom of expanding NATO,'' explained Susan Eisenhower, chairman of the Washington-based think tank, the Center for Political and Strategic Studies, which organized the initiative.

The presentation comes barely two weeks before NATO leaders are to meet in Madrid, Spain, to issue the first formal invitations to potential new members.