Tuesday, 7 July 2009
how I was Robert McNamara'd into submission
which as any fule kno is a line from, or rather part of the title of, a Paul Simon song (a rap really before there was such a thing and anyway nice Jewish boys don't rap) called "A Simple Desultory Philippic". I wonder how many other popular ditties have the word "philippic" in the title. Don't all rush. Anyway, Robert McNamara is dead. He was something of a hate figure when I was young and the Vietnam war was still on. And that is his legacy despite the good things he did then and afterwards. But don't believe me, Oliver Kamm has written about him better than I could. Read it here.