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Robert S. McNamara, who served both President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson as Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, and who is described by the New York Times this morning as the “architect of a futile war,” died yesterday at age 93.

McNamara was recruited by JFK from the presidency of the Ford Motor Company. After his eight years at the Department of Defense, McNamara went on to become president of the World Bank.
KC's View:
If you’ve never seen it, rush right out and get a copy of the Errol Morris documentary, “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.” It is one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, and a contextual look at the controversial decisions made by Kennedy and Johnson, spurred on by McNamara, during Vietnam.