Robert McNamara Has Died

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Robert McNamara Has Died

Postby gmg » Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:10 pm

Of course, there were many who really did not like the former Secretary of Defense, but it must be remembered that he was one of the key players that kept us from a war with the USSR, especially during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I was an Air Force brat at Homestead AFB during the Cuban Missile Crisis and I can tell you there were some mighty worried people around me at that time. Father flew for SAC, so you may know what that meant.

Anyway, just being anywhere near Homestead at that time would have been very bad if that crisis had gone the other way.

Okay, enough of that. Here's the Fox News release.

Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara Dies
McNamara, 93, reportedly died in his sleep at his home.
Monday, July 06, 2009

Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara has died.

McNamara, 93, died at home in his sleep Monday morning, his wife Diana told The Associated Press. She said he had been in failing health for some time.

Known as a policymaker with a fixation for statistical analysis, McNamara was president of the Ford Motor Co. when President John F. Kennedy asked him to head the Pentagon in 1961.

McNamara worked for seven years as the defense secretary in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, longer than any other person in that post. He headed the war department during the build-up of forces in Vietnam.

He is considered the architect of the concept of "mutual assured destruction," a key feature of the nuclear arms race during the Cold War.

And I chose Fox News because of this brief history of the man. ... -mcnamara/

Here is a link for "The Fog of War" where we can get a good idea of what Robert McNamara was all about, if you haven't already seen it.

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