Bomiwriter said:I do not care to acknowledge this man's actions concerning the project. He strangled any chance to incrementally enter space with a winged piloted glider, and cancelled any chance of gaining a valuable future hypersonic data base and boost-glider orbital operations experience for future projects. It appears deliberate and upon writing to him twice and presenting circumstantial evidence that the project appears to have gone "Black," citing the Cuba problem, he never answered me. I told him of Docs I have copies of that stated an outright interest by a particular Govt agency in the DS project, but still, two letters remained unanswered. I wonder what happened to those letters, now that he is deceased and who found and read them.
...MacNamara was, quite clearly, one of the worst SecDevs we've had. He was, without question, far more damaging to our aerospace dominance and our national defense than Symington and Cheney combined. Beyond the idiocy of canceling both MOL and Dynasoar, much of the failure of Vietnam can be laid squarely at his feet as the result of his attempts to implement the scourge of micromanagement upon the one area of human existence that it simply cannot be applied to: warfare. The sheer number of x-factors involved in armed combat on a nation vs. nation scale overwhelm any attempts to micromanage the course of the conflict successfully, and only a completely delusional retard would have failed to observe this and known better than to try.
The man deserves to be remembered in nothing but derision, because that's all he's earned.