Robert McNamara: His Life and Legacy

Monday, July 06, 2009

Robert McNamara died early this Monday morning. McNamara served as Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War under both Presidents Johnson and Kennedy from 1961 to 1968. McNamara later admitted tearfully that America's pursuit of the Vietnam War had been "terribly wrong." Joining The Takeaway to discuss the man and his legacy is Larry Korb, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense, who has known McNamara for over two decades.

"I can't remember another public official with the courage to confess error or explain where the country went wrong."
— Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Larry Korb on Robert McNamara

Here's Robert McNamara reminiscing about his life and legacy in the film "The Fog of War":


Larry Korb

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