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Robert McNamara: His Life and Legacy

Monday, July 06, 2009

In March 16, 1961, JFK sits in his favorite rocking chair in his office during a meeting with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, right, at the White House.

In March 16, 1961, JFK sits in his favorite rocking chair in his office during a meeting with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, right, at the White House.

Robert S. McNamara served as the eighth United States Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968 and was the architect of the ill-fated escalation of American forces during the Vietnam War. McNamara later admitted tearfully that America's pursuit of the Vietnam War had been 'terribly wrong.' He died July 6th, 2009, at the age of 93.

Related content:

The Takeaway - July 6, 2009, Robert McNamara: His Life and Legacy

Larry Korb, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense, who had known McNamara for over two decades discusses the man and his legacy.


The Brian Lehrer Show - May 4, 2004

Brian Lehrer speaks with Robert McNamara about the freedom of a secretary of defense to speak out against a war being conducted by the president and commander-in-chief.


The Leonard Lopate Show - March 26, 1996

Leonard Lopate speaks with Robert McNamara about the tragedy and lessons of the Vietnam War.

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Comments [2]

Gerald Doork

So according to this blurb, then Robert bombed Vietnam to get back at his Auntie...

Yeah right..

Mar. 18 2010 03:35 AM
Thomas Byrne

1962 in Ireland, I was told Robert McNamara was some sort of cousin to me. I was in the U S Army, on leave, visiting relatives. Using up all my leave time before discharge.

"You're working for your cousin now" said my Aunt.

"Why does he have only one stripe then mam?" said a young neighbor.

Later, at home, my mother confirmed this.

Neither my mother nor her sister provided details but they each produced gold coins, bearing the same date, which they were given that year by their Aunt, Mrs McNamara on a visit from California.

About thirty years later, a cousin provided many details. Robert McNamara is either son or grand son of my grand aunt, that Mrs McNamara who was so kind to my mother and her sister.

Jul. 08 2009 03:11 PM

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