Rumsfeld and McNamara's Similar Experiences There are some parallels in the careers of Donald Rumsfeld and Robert McNamara, both high-profile secretaries of defense. Both men presided over controversial wars, and both were replaced as those wars began to appear unwinnable.
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Rumsfeld and McNamara's Similar Experiences

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Rumsfeld and McNamara's Similar Experiences

Rumsfeld and McNamara's Similar Experiences

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There are some parallels in the careers Donald Rumsfeld and Robert McNamara, both high-profile secretaries of defense. Both men presided over controversial wars, and both were replaced as those wars began to appear un-winnable.

Author David Halberstam talks to Steve Inskeep about the parallels between today and the Vietnam era.

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