Defense: Incorrect, Illogical, Etc.

What with all of his computers and "cost-effectiveness" brainboys, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara often acts as though he holds a monopoly on the world's stockpile of sense. He seems to dismiss most of his many arguments with Congress as mere exercises in elementary pedagogy. Last week, however, a congressional committee report hit McNamara right where his pride is: it called his arguments against nuclear power for a new aircraft carrier "inconsistent," "misleading," "incorrect," "illogical," "exaggerated," "misinformed," "not realistic" and "not persuasive."

The Joint Committee on Atomic Energy was understandably concerned last...

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