Robert McNamara - RIP

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader wakes up every day now and wonders what other famous person is going to be found dead, die, or be killed. There seems to be someone new every day…

Today comes the news that Former Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara died yesterday in Washington DC, aged 93. The Washington Post has a comprehensive obituary posted for him.

Your Maximum Leader, starting in the late 1990s, started to feel sorry for Robert McNamara. He was a man condemned to live his life in the knowledge that he engineered the policies of the Vietnam War. Those policies resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of American lives and much treasure. In the end one can say that the statistical know-how that had well served McNamara until 1961 and there after was the key to his failed Vietnam policies. The statistics and analysis that he so wanted to lead to a dispassionate application of a rational policy was in the end doomed to failure for not being able to quantify the human factors of the war.

Your Maximum Leader hopes Robert McNamara has found his peace now. It seemed as though it was too elusive in life.

Carry on.

4 Comments »
Filet Minion said:

Ten or fifteen years ago, I used to see McNamara on the streets of DC nearly every day.

After a while, I played a game with myself: Would today be the day when one of the sidewalk slabs blew back to permit the emergence of a large scaly hand which would seize said McNamara and drag him straight down to Hell?

I never won that game.



Mrs. Peperium said:

He was the genius who ruined the Thunderbird by adding the backseat…



Filet Minion - First off, the moniker cracked me up! Secondly… I find myself playing that same game often… I wonder if today will be the day that a great dark chasm opens in the earth and swallows up “_________.” It is a fun, but ultimately futile game. I’ve not heard of it happening once…

Mrs P - How’s movin’ coming? I hope all is well. I must admit that I didn’t know that McNamara was responsible for ruining the Thunderbird. At this point what is one more strike?



Mrs. Peperium said:

Maxy, can you say busy? Sure you can. I’m currently “staging” the house…realtor told me all Mr. P books in dining room/bedroom had to go - 32 boxes….packed by moi…lifted by Mr. P and placed into nice neat stacks in the garage…stuffed animals had to go…and all photos and other object d’art…leaving soon to house hunt with The Baz. If he survives the experience, he’ll probably recount some of it - the recountable parts that is- at his blog.

Father M. has already told me I must include reconnaissance on Oyster bars for when he visits - soon…so I’m not too sure what kind of house we’ll end up with…



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