Finally, in 1993, after theCold War
ended, he undertook to write his memoirs because some of the lessons of
Vietnam were applicable to the post-Cold War period “odd as though it
“In Retrospect: The Tragedy and
Lessons of Vietnam” appeared in 1995. McNamara disclosed that by 1967
he had deep misgivings about Vietnam — by then he had lost faith in
America’s capacity to prevail over a guerrilla insurgency that had
driven the French from the same jungled countryside.
those doubts, he had continued to express public confidence that the
application of enough American firepower would cause the Communists to
make peace. In that period, the number of U.S. casualties — dead,
missing and wounded — went from 7,466 to over 100,000.
Too little, too late. But of course, it was those filthy hippies who screwed that glorious war adventure all up.