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Robert S. McNamara

Tuesday, March 26, 1996

Robert S. McNamara served as the eighth United States Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968, for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. The architect of the ill-fated escalation of American forces during the Vietnam War, McNamara spent his later years publicly disavowing his decisions as "wrong, terribly wrong." He just died at the age of 93. And you can hear his interview with Leonard Lopate about the tragedy and lessons of that war, from March 1996.

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