First, Farrah Fawcett. Then, Michael Jackson. And then, that guy with the beard who yells on TV. Now, Robert McNamara. When will it end?
Robert Strange McNamara, the former secretary of defense whose record as a leading executive of industry and a chieftain of foreign financial aid was all but erased from public memory by his reputation as the primary architect of U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam, died early this morning at age 93…
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.
Alright. It's not Thriller. But it's a legacy of sorts.
When you get a chance, you should rent the Errol Morris documentary about McNamara, The Fog of War. It's waaaay more engaging than any two hours of watching an old man stare into a camera and talk should ever be.
Tags: John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Military, Vietnam
Here's some recently resurfaced footage of a nice-looking young American man being held captive in North Vietnam and forced to endure French people…
Wouldn't it be weird if that young man eventually went on to run for president?
Seems kind of unlikely. Given that he associates with French people and all.
Tags: France, John McCain, Vietnam
According to the Guardian a retired Vietnamese army guard claims that John McCain was not tortured while he was held in a North Vietnamese POW camp…
"Nguyen Tien Tran, who was the camp's chief guard, acknowledged that conditions in the prison were 'tough, though not inhuman'. But, he added: 'We never tortured McCain. On the contrary, we saved his life, curing him with extremely valuable medicines that at times were not available to our own wounded.'"
In an interview Tran claims that McCain's prematurely gray hair, often cited as a product of abuse, came about because in "prison you think too much."
Yeah, and it turns especially gray when "you think too much" about whether the guards will kick your teeth in, if you'll get dropped into solitary confinement again, or which cocktail of drugs they're withholding from their own wounded that will coincidentally make you more cooperative.
It's unlikely that the Obama campaign or the Democratic party will attempt to use this revelation, and by revelation I mean "some guys attempt to get a book deal in the next three weeks because his pension ran out."
Sources indicate that Moveon.org will use the news to launch the "Torture Camp Guard Veterans for Truth" movement.
Tags: John McCain, Vietnam
The Onion — America's Finest News Source — reports on a scandal that's sure to take Obama's campaign down a peg or two…
At a press conference on Monday, members of the Vietnam Veterans Alliance blasted Democratic nominee Barack Obama for his failure to serve in the Southeast Asian war that ended 33 years ago, alleging that during the conflict the candidate frequently engaged in games of T-ball.
"While our boys were dying in Vietnam, Barack Obama was running around a little league field, laughing and having fun without a care in the world," VVA spokesman James Lowry said.
I'm sure that a lot of people in Obama's campaign were really praying that a thing like this wasn't gonna come out. But here it is, so what are they gonna do? They can't deny it.
Personally, I think their best strategy is to come clean, admit to the allegations, but also provide hard evidence that Obama spent at least some of his time during the Vietnam War as a prisoner in a hard-fought game of Jail Break.
Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain, The Onion, Vietnam