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RIP Robert McNamara

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moderator1, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    No links yet - AP said to be reporting, the NYTimes reports on its Twitter feed (there we go again with the Twitter)
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Already have in on celebrity death thread

  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

  4. BNWriter

    BNWriter Active Member


    Remembered for Johnson-era Vietnam strategy. RIP
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Why? He's not a celebrity. That's stupid.
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    No need for that discussion. There is a thread - THIS ONE -for this particular discussion.
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Haven't read the entire Post piece but McNamara figures prominenly in Halberstam's book, "The Best and the Brightest" I'd also recommend the doc "Fog of War"

    McNamara was pretty much the archetypical smartest guy in the room.
  8. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    Great work on the obit.
    Wow, what an interesting man.
    Basterdized by much of the public, for sure, and many families of the 58,000 Vietnam War dead. (Not all, mind you, many were proud, and nothing else)
    But educated and well-traveled. Cared much, it seems, for the underpriviliged and overlooked of the world.
    RIP and condolences to the family
  9. He was a favorite of Fenian Bastard.
  10. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Many of my generation will weep no tears for Robert McNamara or his family. "Failed policy in Vietnam" is being overly polite, as 58,000 names on that wall attest.
  11. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Sirs, Madames,

    I'll put Fog of War on continuous loop. Just about my favorite film of all time (saw it at the Toronto film festival when it debuted and Errol Morris spoke after the screening). The all-time coldest of cold fish. Amazingly gifted, deeply flawed, wholly unlikeable figure.

    BTW about the film festival screening, FoW was the second last film to show at Toronto's historic Uptown Theatre. The last was Undead. Four months later, when the theatre was being demolished, a wall gave out and killed a worker, looked like a war zone.

  12. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    A reminder that smart, hard-working dedicated people who are wrong create far more of the world's debacles than do its fools and knaves.
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