Robert McNamara, who died today at age 93, had a remarkable career as president of Ford Motor Co., president of the World Bank and as a long-serving secretary of defense. “But more than 40 years after the fact, he was remembered almost exclusively for his orchestration of U.S. prosecution of the war in Vietnam, a failed effort by the world’s greatest superpower to prevent a communist takeover of a weak and corrupt ally,” the Washington Post reported. “For his role in the war, McNamara was vilified by harsh and unforgiving critics, and his entire record was unalterably clouded. For the rest of his life, he would be haunted by the Vietnam ghosts.”
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