Path for Putin, NATO, Trump laid 20 years ago

It is remarkable that it was at the symposiums held at William and Mary and at Old Dominion University in 1996-1997, that one of the most contentious issues of the 2016 presidential elections, namely, how to manage U.S.-Russian relations, got a thorough public airing.

The symposium was sponsored by the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic, headquartered in Norfolk. Its aim was to deal with one of the most critical decisions facing the West in the post-Cold War era, whether to expand NATO to the east.

Marine Gen. John Sheehan, the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, responding to my question of why his command is sponsoring an essentially intellectual inquiry into national security...