Kinda sureal...McNamara is confronted by Rose and the Producer to be more forthcomming with his *political/military experience...to offer insight in the current Iraq situation.
McNamara refuses...waxes eloquent and says he will not criticise His President...but readers can glean from the 3 books he has participated in recently on his life and times.
The Producers is rolling his eye's for his reasons..and Charlie Rose is looking at Mac like he does at times when trying to understand Graveltone [Henry Kissinger] in an interview.
I'm watching this thinking.."What a disconnect".!
Charlie Rose..."So are we doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes" ?
Hand motions from McNamara...eye's rolling around from film producer.
The sureal part is the Film producer..who wants to see the lessons of the past learned applied to Americas best interst...that why he choose to do the film thingy on Mac..he has some passion behind his reasoning.
Tragic that an uncertain "what to do" McNamara had so many years near a Presidents ear.
Tragic too..that he chooses a forum like books to medicate his soul.
I like Charlie Rose for how he steers the interviewer to the topic..and tries to keep them their ..regardless of their talent to evade the core question at hand.
Charlie looked frustrated..the interview was a dud.
McNamara...I'm not intersted in reading a book or books by a man who is scared of his own shadow.
Noel Twyman dined with him at his home while the former was writing his 900-page Bloody Treason on the murder of JFK [and subsequent rescinding of JFK's NSAM 263 with LBJ's NSAM 273].
McNamara was watching CNN and reneged on the promise of a follow-up interview.
What is truth to power?
LBJ needed JFK dead to avoid being dropped from the ticket and prosecuted for Billy Sol Estes and Bobby Baker related corruption.
Hoover needed LBJ to waive the Federal retirement statute and remain in power.
Dulles had been driven from power by JFK.
It was within the power of our military to defeat the North Vietnamese Army.
Democrats got revenge on Nixon for outing Alger Hiss by driving him from office--and Hitlery played a significant role.
Democrats could then negate the gains of Nixon's bombing by barring any further bombing, giving the country to the Communists as they did with China [via Owen Lattimore].
McNamara has 58,000 Americans, and millions of Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians on his karmic dossier.
Only a psychopath can rationalize that.
And Strange is all of that.