The Washington Post is reporting that Robert McNamara, "architect of the Vietnam War," has died.

McNamara was president of Ford Mototrs before becomming John F. Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense in 1961. After Leaving the Pentagon in 1968, McNamara spent 13 years as head of the World Bank. But McNamara’s most lasting legacy will almost certainly be his role in escalating and shaping US military involvement in Vietnam.

McNamara was secretary of defense during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson. In that capacity he directed a U.S. military buildup in Southeast Asia during the critical early years of a Vietnamese conflict that escalated into one of the most divisive and bitter wars in U.S. history. When the war was over, 58,000 Americans were dead and the national social fabric had been torn asunder.

Gregg Levine

Gregg Levine

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