Chapter 2, Page 9, Panel 5
On the newspaper that the Comedian is reading, the headline reads "French Withdraw Military Commitment from NATO". NATO stands for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance of 26 counties from North America and Europe dedicated to upholding the terms of the North Atlantic Treaty. The treaty includes such things as a dedication to upholding peace amonst countries of the world along with other things. Gibbon's inclusion of this headline on the newpaper adds a sense of historical context to the novel. If France is pulling out of NATO, then things in Europe must be going downhill, a theme that continues throughout Watchmen.