Speaking Ill of the Dead

In Chattering classes/punditry, obituaries, U.S History, Vietnam War on July 7, 2009 by Editor Z

Former Foreign correspondent Joseph Galloway, best known as the author of the book and later 2002 motion picture “We were Soliders Once and Young”, unloads about his true feelings about the recently departed former U.S Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara.

Here is his stinging commentary as printed in McClatchy:

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.



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