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The McNamara I Knew

Posted July 7, 2009 | 19:47:16 (EST)

I first met Robert S. McNamara, the brilliant, driven and deeply divisive former secretary of defense, in the autumn of 1996. McNamara, who died this week at the age of ninety-three and will forever be remembered as one of the principal architects of the Vietnam War, sought me out because...

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Lessons of Obama's First Cabinet Controversy

Posted January 7, 2009 | 22:44:22 (EST)

It had to come some time. Despite a nearly flawless transition period of astute, substantive and widely praised cabinet appointments, the nascent Obama administration has unintentionally provoked its first controversy. Significantly, it is in the sphere of national security.

A vigorous effort is now underway to defend...

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Obama's Astute Choice: General James Jones as National Security Adviser

Posted December 1, 2008 | 18:06:19 (EST)

As we all saw on the morning of December 1, President-elect Barack Obama has clearly assembled a compelling national security team. As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has the potential to be a highly effective and respected global diplomat. As secretary of defense, Robert Gates will provide excellent judgment and...

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Team of Rivals: JFK's Lessons for Commander-in-Chief Obama

Posted November 19, 2008 | 15:28:53 (EST)

Washington is abuzz over rumors that President-elect Barack Obama may appoint one his most formidable former opponents, Hillary Clinton, as his secretary of state, helping to fulfill his vision of assembling a "team of rivals," as historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has so memorably explored in her account of President Abraham...
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