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THE TRAGEDY AND LESSONS OF VIETNAM
ROBERT S. MCNAMARA WITH BRIAN VANDEMARK
The Nuclear Risks of the 1960s
and Their Lessons for the
(selection from p. 345 )
In the early 1960s, I had reached conclusions similar to these. In long private conversations, first with President Kennedy and then with President Johnson, I had recommended, without qualification, that they never, under any circumstances, initiate the use of nuclear weapons. I believe they accepted my recommendations. But neither they nor I could discuss our position publicly because it was contrary to established NATO policy.
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