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ablarc
July 6th, 2009, 03:03 PM
WASHINGTON Robert S. McNamara, the cerebral secretary of defense vilified for his role in escalating the Vietnam War, a disastrous conflict he later denounced as "terribly wrong," died Monday. He was 93.
Not a white knight in the fight for good, his death nonetheless brought a tear to the corner of my eye.

If you had asked an objective historian in 1964 "who is the most important man in the world", he would have answered: Robert McNamara.

(Or maybe he would have answered: Ho Chi Minh.)

Fabrizio
July 6th, 2009, 03:05 PM
I would have said Dr. Kildare.

ablarc
July 6th, 2009, 03:17 PM
^ And maybe you would have been right.

ZippyTheChimp
July 6th, 2009, 03:17 PM
"McNamara's War"

ablarc
July 6th, 2009, 03:21 PM
^ He was pretty heavily involved in a previous one. With General Curtis LeMay, he planned the firebombing of Tokyo: 100,000 casualties.

In between, he built Fords.

ablarc
July 6th, 2009, 03:29 PM
The world's first Ford Mustang was conceived by Robert S. McNamara in 1962 and the project was named T-5.

At the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York on April 17 1964 Lee Iacocca and Ford unveiled the 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang to the world with a sticker base price of $2,360.00 USD.

The Mustang came in convertible and coupe with those made prior to September 1964 labeled as 1964 1/2.

In all 100,000 Ford Mustangs sold in the first 90 days.

The very first Mustang, a convertible, was sold by accident to an airline pilot in Newfoundland.

Ford managed to buy it back, and it now is parked in the company's museum.

Lee knew a good thing when he saw it.