Nation: An Admiral's Epilogue

Only the day before, Admiral George W. Anderson had been sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Portugal. Soon he would be off for Lisbon—where, presumably, he would no longer voice the dissenting defense-policy views that had caused the Kennedy Administration to drop him as Chief of Naval Operations. But before he left, Anderson had a few parting words about working for Defense Secretary Robert McNamara.

Anderson appeared before the National Press Club in Washington to deliver "an epilogue to my military career." He insisted that "I question neither motivation, patriotism, dedication or ability of anyone." What he did question was the system...

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