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Robert Mcnamara

Arizona, Put on Your Rainbow Shades

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Why, if most Americans reject discrimination, do their elected legislatures support it? And, in particular, that means the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Why We Should Miss John F. Kennedy 50 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's a complex and fascinating set of situations, one which would undoubtedly engage Kennedy greatly. It's too bad he's not around to counsel Obama.

Bio-docs: Who Controls the Narrative?

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are in the midst of a bumper crop of bio-docs: documentaries focused on single figures who have wound up on the wrong side of history and who seemingly want the chance to get their side of the story on the record.

For What It's Worth: Time to Stop the Drumbeats for Syrian Action

Jim Moore | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

There are too many drumbeats building up behind some form of military action in Syria, and the tempo of those drums is reaching a nearly hysteric level. That incessant thundering drive is drowning out the public's sensible questions.

What, the Department of Justice Actually Subpoenaed Reporter's Records... I'm Shocked, Shocked!

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

All this hoopla about the Department of Justice improperly obtaining two months of AP telephone records seems to me just as phony as Claude Rains' "I'm shocked, shocked" when he "discovers" gambling at Rick's Café in Cassablanca.

When the People Lead, Leaders Will Follow

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 12.17.2012 | Books
Craig K. Comstock

In The Power of Impossible Ideas, her book about helping to end the Cold War and to build a better Russia, Sharon Tennison tells one of the great hidden stories of our age.

A Jury Said Jeffrey MacDonald Killed His Wife and Kids. So Did '60 Minutes' and a Bestseller. 40 Years Later, Errol Morris Counters With 500 Pages of Awkward Questions.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.04.2012 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Because on the basis of the evidence presented at trial and the evidence that was not allowed to be presented at trial, Errol Morris does not believe that Jeffrey MacDonald is guilty. If you followed this case, you know different.

Both Sides: Caro on LBJ-BHO, Huff/Matalin on a Gay Week

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgHuffington/Matalin discuss how the shunned VP found his voice "in the crack of a gunshot." What can Obama learn from a "political genius" who unified the country on rights but divided it over war?

The X-Men Didn't Save Us

Joe Cirincione | Posted 08.16.2011 | Entertainment
Joe Cirincione

It wasn't the mutants. It was humans that caused the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only luck saved us from nuclear war. But other than that, the new film, X-Men: First Class, gets a lot right about the historic crisis that is central to its plot.

Protect Your Manhood: End the War in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Before you enlist or deploy, I think you have to ask yourself whether we still live in the same country that sent Max Cleland off to be maimed in a war in which our leaders did not believe.

Richard Holbrooke: A Self-Described "Idealistic Realist, or Realistic Idealist"

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rosen

Historically, lead diplomats have adhered to one school of thought -- I wanted to understand why Richard Holbrooke was different.

ReThink Interview: Lawrence Bender and Lucy Walker on Countdown to Zero and Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why are nuclear weapons so far off our collective radars when they retain the potential to extinguish millions of lives -- if not all life on the planet -- in mere minutes?

How Old is Wisdom?

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan had an interesting take this weekend (July 17) on President Obama's poll numbers and problems with the economy ...

A Docudrama Illuminates the Battle Between National Security and the People's Right to Know

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marcia G. Yerman

The play Top Secret centers on whether Katherine Graham will give approval to print the Pentagon Papers. For those unfamiliar with the history, it opens a door to understanding concerns of utmost relevance today.

Dead Folks, 2009: The Missed and the Not Missed

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Here's my own brief look at some of the more notable celebrity deaths of 2009. As always, they fall into two categories: "The Good Riddance List" and "The Folks We'll Miss List."

McNamara's Ghost

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

When I was editor of The Hill, one young reporter told me about the emotional reaction of her father, a former Naval officer in Vietnam, to McNamara's memoir. I have reprinted it here.

Control Patrol

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

The most risible language contortions this side of Dick Cheney's tortured definitions of "torture" surround mavericky Sarah Palin, whose regular butchering of the English language rivals that of George W. Bush.

Harold P. Ford on Robert McNamara in Retrospect

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

Ford took McNamara to task on several points, but on none more severely than McNamara's complaint that "there were no Vietnam experts" to whom top policymakers could turn for advice.

It's Not Science Fiction

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jodie Evans

We all need to raise awareness about these inhumane, unjust military practices funded by our taxes.

The Antiwar Protester Who Set Himself on Fire Under Robert McNamara's Window

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Norman Morrison, a Quaker from Baltimore, handed his infant daughter off to a bystander, doused himself with kerosene and set himself ablaze under McNamara's window at the Pentagon.

Wrong. Terribly Wrong.

Mike Malloy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Malloy

McNamara's killing spree was without limits, without restriction, completely outside the rules of war so carefully crafted by the world's "civilized" societies.

Rethinking the Fog of War: McNamara, the Movie, the Monster

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Most of The Fog of War "lessons" reflect the powerful and painful humility of a man who knows he has made grave mistakes with graver consequences.

Robert McNamara and the 3.5 Miles not Taken

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

While it's an oversimplification to suggest McNamara was the primary artisan of Vietnam, we cannot diminish his tragic contribution to the war.

The McNamara I Knew

Gordon Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Goldstein

Never before has an American political figure so passionately evaluated his own failings or so determinedly sought to understand the lessons of a tragic war.

When an Artist, In Vietnam Era, Tried to Drown Robert McNamara -- and Nearly Did It

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

One of the most dramatic, and in some ways revealing, incidents in the long life of McNamara occurred in 1972 -- when a young man, attempted to heave him off the Martha's Vineyard ferry.