NATO: The Man with the Oilcan

"This ridiculous situation," snapped Britain's Manchester Guardian, "must be providing Moscow with their best laugh this year." NATO, with all its prestige, was unable to find a man to fill its top civilian post.

Sir Oliver Franks, British ambassador to the U.S., was everyone's first choice when the new job of NATO secretary general was created at Lisbon (TIME, March 3). But Sir Oliver said no. The job was next offered to Canada's External Affairs Secretary Lester ("Mike") Pearson, and then to The Netherlands' Foreign Minister Dirk Stikker. Their governments refused to spare them.

Did no one want one of the...

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