During a contentious meeting of NATO in 1966- French President, Charles De Gaulle threatened to leave the alliance if the United States continued dictating policy; he also proposed removing all US troops from French soil…

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President Lyndon Johnson was in no mood for De Gaulle’s histrionics-  LBJ instructed the translator to pose a most sobering question to the General…

 

“Were the bodies of dead Americans in France to be dug-up and brought home as well?” 

 

De Gaulle sheepishly returned to his seat without responding to Secretary of State Dean Rusk. 

Bonn, Trauerfeier für Konrad Adenauer

The Johnson treatment was applied on an international level.

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