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Tuesday
Jul072009

no sympathy

I’ve seen younger bloggers, expressing some guarded sympathy for Robert McNamara. But no sane person of the boomer generation or older—no one who actually lived through the Vietnam war era, whether veteran or bystander—feels anything but contempt. You can separate sane from crazy on that criterion alone. The young who have gone all squishy after seeing "The Fog of War" should go back and read some history. McNamara’s late perception of (some of) his errors is cold comfort for the millions of dead and maimed civilians, the ruined lives, the names on that black wall in Washington, and our ruined polity. Think how different the world might look if not for that stupid, unnecessary war.  Joe Galloway is on the mark.

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