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A Life in Public Service by Robert McNamara

A Life in Public Service

Conversations with Robert McNamara

by Robert McNamara

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This one-hour streaming video interview of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara covers aspects of his entire life and the lessons he has learned, including his role in Vietnam. It is part of the free online video series Conversations with History which are interviews conducted by Harry Kreisler at the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley.


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How Can Society Respect A Man Like McNamara
Reviewer Ron Santen
 October 18, 2007
I find I am unable to look at a man like McNamara objectively. I simply do not see him as a confused bureaucrat who made a few wrong decisions in his life that he needs to apologise for. Anyone who was around during the Vietnam war and strongly opposed it, as I did, see him as one of the architects of it and my view remains that his role in it should have led to his disgrace at best, and possible trial as a criminal for war crimes as desirable.

I do not see him as a person who should be allowed to sit comfortably after coldly calculating how the military technology of the USA could be used to destroy and maim a whole society for generations to come. There is no remorse in this man - he sees it all as public service decision-making.

This interview clarifies these thoughts for me, thank you Harry Kriesler for that, but the issue still remains that while people like Mcnamara are allowed to stay free, the USA still has a major moral problem in its social structure....and the rest of the world can see that.

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  • Published: 1996
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: A016845
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