Mr. Dean Acheson, United States Secretary of State under President Truman, architect of NATO and?
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SV & CU Dean Acheson out of car, passes sentry on way into building (3 shots)
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 6: "Mr. Chairman, NATO is the fire department of the Atlantic Alliance. One of the volunteers is resigning. We have not had a fire recently, and unfortunately there's nothing like a fire to make short-sighted mortals appreciate their fire department. The debris of World War Two has not fully cleared away, and is there, a fire hazard, capable of being ignited by a spark. Powerful armed forces face each other across frontiers which are a constant temptation to anyone with incendiary intentions. If the western coalition now weakens, and instead of a strong united Front we find a divided one, with Western Europe itself split into a number of small to medium-sized and weak states, surely the result will be a Russia not more but less co-operative. But with NATO in existence and prepared, Western Europe would not have to knuckle under to any demands directed at it by the Kremlin. The need for a strong Western coalition has not diminished. We should do nothing on our part to prolong France's absence. We should keep her place ready, and work for her return."
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Background: Mr. Dean Acheson, United States Secretary of State under President Truman, architect of NATO and of post-war U.S. policies for containing the Soviet Union, died on Tuesday night at his home outside Washington, apparently of a heart attack.
This film from Visnews' library shows him during a visit to West Germany in 1962 as a representative of President Kennedy at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, and speaking in Washington in 1966 at the time of France's withdrawal from NATO.
His thoughts then on the threat to NATO were outlined in a speech to a Senate hearing in Washington: