H. R. McMaster

Dereliction of Duty, Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam, by H. R. McMaster published in 1997. An honest appraisal of the Vietnam War. I think that he will be a good replacement for Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser. Whether Trump will listen to him or not is the $64 question.

“The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field, nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times or on college campuses. It was lost in Washington, D. C., even before Americans assumed sole responsibility for the fighting in 1965 and before they realized the country was at war; indeed, even before the first American units were deployed. The disaster in Vietnam was not the result of impersonal forces but a uniquely human failure, the responsibility for which was shared by President Johnson and his principal military and civilian advisers. The failings were many and reinforcing: arrogance, weakness, lying in the pursuit of self-interest, and, above all, the abdication of responsibility to the American people.”

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