Robert McNamara, the Donald Rumsfeld of the Vietnam War, has died

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    Jul 06, 2009 2:31 PM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/06/robert.mcnamara.obit/index.html

    ...a really botched war! I am so glad my lottery number was high enough to stay out of that idiotic war.

    I cant remember my exact number. I think it was in the 280s. My older brother's was in the 300s.

    March of Folly has a concise examination of the history of the US inheriting the war from France and an administration pursuing a policy against its own interests.

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    "Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Barbara Tuchman now tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interersts, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance Popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain's George III, and the United States' persistent folly in Vietnam. THE MARCH OF FOLLY brings the people, places, and events of history magnificently alive for today's reader."
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    Jul 06, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    Say what you will about him The Fog of War is an exhilarating documentary about this deeply flawed man.
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    Jul 06, 2009 4:55 PM GMT


    AFTER 58,000 Americans had to die first. Fuck him.[/quote]

    I would not want to but FUCK HIM AGAIN
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    Jul 06, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    wasn't he (RM) just doing the bidding of his Presidents? whatever his own personal feelings about the vietnam conflict were?

    he didn't make policy, the POTUS did...wasn't he just following orders from above?

    pls correct me if i am wrong........
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    Jul 14, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    The Economist has an excellent obitiuary on Mr. McNamara in the latest edition. I personally think he was more willing to admit he was wrong then Mr. Rumsfeld, and smarter. McNamara did not have the benefit of a failed war unlike Rumsfeld who could have looked at the mistakes made in Vietnam and thought twice about Iraq.

    http://www.economist.com/obituary/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13983224