I formed the hypothesis that each of us could have achieved our objectives without the terrible loss of life. And I wanted to test that by going to Vietnam.
Kennedy was trying to keep us out of war. I was trying to help him keep us out of war. And General Curtis LeMay, whom I served under as a matter of fact in World War II, was saying Let's go in, let's totally destroy Cuba.
I don't object to its being called McNamara's war. I think it is a very important war, and I am pleased to be identified with it and do whatever I can to win it.
Management is the gate through which social and economic and political change, indeed change in every direction, is diffused through society.
We burned to death 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo - men, women and children. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?
At my age, 85, I'm at age where I can look back and derive some conclusions about my actions. My rule has been try to learn, try to understand what happened. Develop the lessons and pass them on.
Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
I can still see it. There's a love seat, two armchairs with a lamp table in between. Jack Kennedy is sitting in one armchair and Bobby Kennedy's sitting in the other. Mr. President, it's absurd, I'm not qualified. Look, Bob, he said, I don't think there's any school for Presidents either.
One cannot fashion a credible deterrent out of an incredible action.
If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merit of our cause, we better examine our reasoning.
It would be our policy to use nuclear weapons wherever we felt it necessary to protect our forces and achieve our objectives.
Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests that the United States is, should or could be the global gendarme.
You can't substitute emotion for reason.
A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage.
I would rather have a wrong decision made than no decision at all.