I'm old enough to remember McNamara as the "corporate genius" who was going to streamline the Pentagon in the early 1960s. Under Donald Rumsfeld's tenure, I sometimes thought I was hearing echos of that long-ago hubris so brutally derailed in South East Asia. No management expertise can make war predictable and clean -- especially if the political calculations that lead to the war are not brutally honest.
Over at Hullabaloo, dday -- who has seen the movie -- lists the lessons that McNamara took from Vietnam. They are overwhelmingly worth reading. Here's just one:
President Obama, listen up. You and your smart operatives are following former Secretary McNamara's prescriptions for failure in Afghanistan. Stay on that course and you'll certainly derail the train of hope that got you elected.