Vietnam Paper (What are the big messages about the causes and origins of…
What are the big messages about the causes and origins of the war?
What does it mean to be the "best and the brightest"?
Did McNamera have to much control?
Although he was good at numbers, was that good enough for him to appoint the whole defense department? (40)
Was MacBundy's role too undefined?
Depended on "how effectively the State Department functioned" (43)
American influence doesn't translate to American need to intervene. (57)
Ho Chi Mihn quoting Thomas Jefferson (59)
Did America find itself the arbiter of rational revolutions?
What should the messages be regarding the conduct of the war?
Did the ends justify the means?
Think about political theories and a just war
What warnings does the Vietnam War contribute to future generations?
No one is infallible and Americans should not assume that anyone is
Our government is a human institution that makes mistakes in the same way that all humans do
What goals about policy should be studied and reflected upon?
"Statistical control" (39) doesn't work
Leads to reliance on body counts and the fudging of numbers
More evidence of the "best and the brightest" not working
"a numbers approach was decidedly wrong trying to find a sophisticated response to the complicated national security and foreign policy problems in Vietnam" (Hilsman)