Mon, 06 Jul 2009 16:22:40 GMT
Former US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, the main engineer of the US war in Vietnam, has died at the age of 93, his family says.
McNamara died in his sleep at his home in Washington on Monday after a period of ill health, his wife, Diana, told the Associated Press.
Commentary: Galloway on McNamara: Reading an obit with great pleasure
By Joseph L. Galloway
06 Jul 2009
“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” —Clarence Darrow 1857–1938
Well, the aptly named Robert Strange McNamara has finally shuffled off to join LBJ and Dick Nixon in the 7th level of Hell.
McNamara was the original bean-counter — a man who knew the cost of everything but the worth of nothing.
Back in 1990 I had a series of strange phone conversations with McMamara while doing research for my book We Were Soldiers Once And Young. McNamara prefaced every conversation with this: “I do not want to comment on the record for fear that I might distort history in the process.” Then he would proceed to talk for an hour, doing precisely that with answers that were disingenuous in the extreme — when they were not bald-faced lies.