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Robert S. McNamara (1916–2009)

Autor/a de In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

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Robert S. McNamara was born in San Francisco, California on June 9, 1916. He received a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1937 and a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1939. He worked for one year at the mostra'n més accounting firm of Price, Waterhouse in San Francisco, and then in August 1940 returned to Harvard to teach in the business school. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force. In 1946, he started working for the Ford Motor Company as manager of planning and financial analysis and on November 9, 1960, he became the first president of Ford Motor Company from outside the family of Henry Ford. He was the Secretary of Defense for both the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations and served from 1961 to 1968. He served as the head of World Bank from 1968 to 1981. He died on July 6, 2009 at the age of 93. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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(swe) 1) McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009, In Retrospect, Secretary of Defense (LC|n 50012933)

(eng) McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009, In Retrospect, Secretary of Defense (LC|n 50012933)

Crèdit de la imatge: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi R. Okamoto, Feb. 9, 1968, Cabinet meeting, White House

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laplantelibrary | Dec 3, 2022 |
Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of the Defense for seven years during the Vietnam War, looks back on the mistakes made by leadership.
MrDickie | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Jul 17, 2022 |
This wasn't really a "tell all" about McNamara's role in Vietnam, but more an attempt to rehabilitate his reputation. It addressed some of the biggest problems with the war (the unexamined belief in the domino theory, the lack of understanding of nationalism as a key motivation of the Vietnamese, that the South Vietnamese forces were essentially unwilling or incapable to win, and that the escalations we chose, especially the air war, were insufficient to win, but merely a way of "doing something"), but his own role was limited to wishing he had challenged more assumptions by other people.

It's good that there has been some reflection on the causes of the war, but the real problem was something deeper. When a large and powerful country can choose to enter a war by choice and doesn't really have much stake in the outcome, it can prosecute that war in a completely ineffectual way. The country should be able to defend itself robustly, and maintain an absolute deterrent force, but wars of choice should not be the role of the military. We would be better off if such non-existential conflicts were waged entirely by private organizations, through something like a letter of marque or corporate security forces, and they would be far more efficient in their use of force -- in the case of the Vietnamese conflict, the reasonable policy would have been working with the nationalist/pro-independence movement and establishing a truly independent state, potentially neutral or even allied with the US, rather than continuing a colonial war and turning it into an anti-Communist crusade when it didn't need to be.
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octal | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Jan 1, 2021 |
Memoir of one of the architects of the Vietnam War
Waltersgn | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | May 2, 2017 |



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