Important Lesson From Robert McNamara

Monday, July 6, 2009
Robert McNamara, who served as U.S. Secretary of Defense under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, has died at 93.

McNamara is known mostly for his role in the Vietnam War, but he was also a key figure during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the U.S. faced the closest threat of nuclear attack in its history.

Looking for closure on some issues that troubled him regarding those days, McNamara traveled to Cuba in 2002 (for a conference on the 40th anniversary of the Missile Crisis), and directly queried Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

According to McNamara, " I asked him 3 questions. One - did you know there were nuclear warheads in Cuba? Two - would you have recommended to Khrushchev to use nuclear missiles in the event of an American invasion of Cuba? And three - what would have happened to Cuba? Castro said, 'One - I knew the missiles were there. Two- I would not *have* recommended it, I *did* recommend it! And three - we would have been totally obliterated." The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, 2003.

In other words, Fidel Castro recommended to Krushchev that he murder 10 million Americans and 7 million Cubans.

This is the man that some Members of the U.S. Congress want to have "business as usual" with?