Mon, 26 Jan 2004 13:42:23 GMT

'It's just wrong what we're doing'

In an exclusive interview, repentant Vietnam War architect Robert McNamara breaks his silence on Iraq: The United States, he says, is making the same mistakes all over again.

He decided to break his silence on Iraq when I called him up the other day at his Washington office. I told him that his carefully enumerated lists of historic lessons from Vietnam were in danger of being ignored. He agreed, and told me that he was deeply frustrated to see history repeating itself.

“We're misusing our influence,” he said in a staccato voice that had lost none of its rapid-fire engagement. “It's just wrong what we're doing. It's morally wrong, it's politically wrong, it's economically wrong.”

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how can it be wrong? doesn't this administration believe that they act under some gods will, etc, etc. while it is the case that any rational person would see the problems and wrongness of the situation, people on religious crusades seem to miss that point because they can't be morally wrong in their own mind.

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