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  1. ptosis profile image71
    ptosisposted 6 years ago

    Vietnam War, Robert McNamara's memoir is bound to disappoint

    No kidding - the guy was a failure. He said in the Cuban missile crisis, "we lucked out", as opposed to Sun tzu, 'Art of War' the 11 rule of NcNamara are

    Lesson #1: Empathize with your enemy.
    Lesson #2: Rationality will not save us.
    Lesson #3: There's something beyond one's self.
    Lesson #4: Maximize Efficiency.
    Lesson #5: Proportionality should be a guideline in war.
    Lesson #6: Get the data.
    Lesson #7: Belief and seeing are both often wrong.
    Lesson #8: Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning.
    Lesson #9: In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil.
    Lesson #10: Never say never.
    Lesson #11: You can't change human nature.

    What do you think?
    Which one is the best? The worst?

    I like #2 best
    worst = #20 - Hey you said "never' instead of saying "Not ever say the "n" word"


    1. Ralph Deeds profile image67
      Ralph Deedsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      McNamara was a very bright well motivated man whose life took some unfortunate turns after he left the presidency of Ford Motor Company and went to Washington. In some ways he reminds me of Colin Powell who is an intelligent and essentially decent man but who is too gutless to speak out in defense of his beliefs.

      1. ptosis profile image71
        ptosisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        At one point of the DVD McNamara said "Don't answer the question they ask of you, answer the question that they should of asked." (the Press)

        I thought this was a Mormon saying, was McNamara a LDS or is this saying common use for everyone?


    2. GNelson profile image74
      GNelsonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      My rule on war is simple, Don't start them. But if you have no choice, finish it fast.


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