American policy in Europe was the theme of President Johnson's speech at a White House meeting marking the fifteenth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 2) President Johnson: "We remain vigilant in defending our liberties, but we must be alert to any hope of stable settlement with those who have made vigilance necessary...and essential. In particular, we must be alive to the new spirit of diversity that's now abroad in Eastern Europe. "We did not make the Iron Curtain; we did not build the wall yet gaps in the Curtain are welcome. And so are holes in the wall whenever they are not hedged by threats. We continue to believe that the peace of all Europe requires the reunification of the German people in freedom."
"We will be firm, but we'll always be fair. Our guard is up, but our hand is out. We must build on the tradition of determined support for the great United Nations. We are pledged to this purpose by the very articles of our treaty and we have kept our pledge. The members of NATO provide most of the resources of the United Nations and most of its ability to help in keeping peace. When we began we promised that our treaty was consistent with the Charter. Today, we know that the Charter and the treaty are indispensable to one another - neither can keep the peace alone."
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Background: American policy in Europe was the theme of President Johnson's speech at a White House meeting marking the fifteenth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty.
President Johnson was addressing ambassadors from NATO countries, Congressional leaders and American officials who played a role in drafting the North Atlantic Treaty. The ceremony was held in the East Room of the White House.