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04 June 2005

McNamara's Stand ...

Robert McNamara

In the Old Brit's book -- this is BIG.

*** Robert McNamara, the US defence secretary at the time of the Cuban missile crisis, yesterday described the British and American approach towards nuclear weapons as "immoral, illegal and militarily unnecessary". ***

Sounds like strong stuff, eh?

Well, Mr McNamara's a man who's been around a long time. He's a man with a lot of first hand experience in such matters. He's a man who must know what he's talking about. Apparently, he's also a man who's not scared of making a 'stand'. He says it like he sees it - and wants everyone to know it.

So, it seems there's not much for the Old Brit to add today. Except, maybe to mention that Mr McNamara said this, too:

*** "The dangers and threats surrounding the 1962 Cuban missile crisis were similar to those which exist today," he said.

" About 2,000 US strategic nuclear weapons are on hair-trigger alert, ready to be fired in 15 minutes." ***

I doubt any of this will be mentioned much in the US mainstream. So maybe it's time get into overdrive again - and please start passing today's Old Brit, around. Pretty, pretty please.

Click the link below for the relevant article by Richard Norton-Taylor, just now published in this morning's 'Guardian' - Saturday, 4th June.,3604,1498935,00.html


Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Will guest blog this, Richard!

6:00 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks, Elaine.
Maybe some more people will take note, now.

6:06 pm  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Amazing isn't it - an old Hawk recommending disarming the nukes. He's practically the personification of the military industrial complex, too.

If Bush and Rumsfeld don't activate WWIII, within a year I think sentiment could turn virulently against them in U.S. It's getting harder and harder to hide the truth - even with a collaborationist media complex. Everything else is likely to come crashing down along with them, unfortunately, but I guess that's the way life is.

6:36 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Yep, Cosmic. If HE is worried, I think it's time EVERYONE started worrying -- about what to do about it.

8:08 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

I STILL want to punch McNamara in the nose. Damn. I was a teen fighting like hell to stop the Vietnam war and he lied to everyone about it and tried to lie to me only I wasn't fooled. Then he waited a LOOOOONG time and then confessed that I was right in the first damn place.


11:19 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Here are two more extremely good & relevant "Mcnamara" links. Each one is well worth reading AND passing around.,,1497010,00.html


9:12 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Richard, Ole Mac is one of those characters you either hate to love or love to hate LOL! You have to respect his experience in the field and his personal experience in dealing with just this sort of a problem... few people alive today can boast that they have had hands on experience of dealing with a nuclear face off.

Cosmic, I was just reading a story that is at least in part about how people are fed up with the "collaborationist media complex" as you so colorfully put it in the SF Chronicle
REPORTER, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER about Barry Parr's which is as they say "one of many emerging citizen news sites."

And yes Elaine, Mac lied about Vietnam. What politician involved in that war didn't? But unlike the rest, he actually DID come clean... eventually. You have to give him at least a little credit for that. Most from that era are still trying to say that they "told the truth as (they) knew it at the time" or that they were lied to as well.

6:04 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

* few people alive today can boast that they have had hands on experience of dealing with a nuclear face off. *

You're so right, Julie. Yet, so few people seem to be hearing what he's saying. Even fewer, seem to understand and/or care about what he says is coming.

8:59 pm  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Thanks for the link. Looks promising. This is in your neck of the woods, no?

11:28 pm  

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