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.

Rumsfeld and McNamara's Similar Experiences

Rumsfeld and McNamara's Similar Experiences

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6490307/6490308" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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.

Related NPR Stories

Books Featured In This Story