Robert Strange McNamara was a living lie and now he is a dead one.
His first fiasco was at the Ford Motor Company and it was called the Edsel.
He was a socialist and bureaucratizer.
Be believed in the all headquarters, no hindquarters approach.
The office of SecDef began modestly with under 100 employees. Under Truman, it grew to about 2025 but there was a war in Korea. Under Ike, the number dropped to about 1950.
Under RSM, the number went to about 20,000 in one year, 40,000 in the next.
A lot of programs were cancelled. The Skybolt missile cancellation alienated the Brits big time. Micromanaging a war by remote control was no stroke of genius.
RSM ended up heading the World Bank, an institution that was created by Soviet Agent Harry Dexter White.
It was alleged that RSM was a ‘registered Republican’ but he was from a state where primaries were open.