There he was, Robert McNamara, standing in the Oval Office last week for a photo op with Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and 12 other former secretaries of Defense and State, after what the New York Times described as "an exceedingly upbeat 40-minute briefing ... about how well things are going in Iraq."Oh, yeah; advice from the man who helped push us into a big-dick contest with the USSR over in Viet Nam.
This on one of the bloodiest days since the U.S.-led invasion nearly three years ago, when some 130 people, including five American soldiers, were killed by suicide bombers and roadside bombs in Iraq. And only hours later, more than 500 people enthusiastically greeted Pennsylvania Congressman Jack Murtha at a town meeting in suburban Washington as he renewed his call for Bush to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq because he is convinced the war cannot be won militarily.
We don't know what if anything the 89-year-old McNamara, who helped another president from Texas, Lyndon Johnson, blunder into the quagmire of Vietnam, told Bush, but let's hope he gave him better advice than he did in urging Johnson to stay the course in Vietnam, which cost more than $500 billion and some 58,000 American lives.
Latter fifties, married, out of work (had knee surgery and haven't gotten back to work); my (step) son-in-law is back from Iraq, but a lot of boys are still over there. Support our troops -- throw the Republicans out!
Cost of the War in Iraq to Date
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