Defense: Caesar's Wars

In his five years at the Pentagon, relations between Robert Strange Mc-Namara and the U.S. Congress have been edgy at best. Never before, however, has the Defense Secretary faced so withering or widespread a bombardment as that which Capitol Hill trained on him last week.

The criticism came from both House and Senate, from Republicans and Democrats—and from no fewer than seven different congressional panels. Mississippi Democrat John Stennis, still smarting from McNamara's curt brush-off last summer of a Stennis report on materiel shortages, announced that his Senate Preparedness Investigating subcommittee is...

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