Former defense secretary Robert McNamara has died

July 6, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, who served under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, has died at age 93. He died in his sleep at home in Washington, according to his family. McNamara was a member of Kennedy’s inner circle during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, when the United States and the Soviet Union stood on the brink of nuclear war. The deeply controversial McNamara, oversaw the escalation of US war efforts in Vietnam from 1961 to 1968. He served as head of the World Bank from 1968 until 1981, after stepping down from his Pentagon post reportedly on the verge of a breakdown, at the height of the Vietnam war.  in later years McNamara showed regret for his Vietnam role, with the publication of his controversial 1995 memoirs “In Retrospect: The Tragedies and Lessons of Vietnam.”

Source: AFP


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