Definition of Robert McNamara from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Robert McNamara

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(1916-2009) a US Secretary of Defense (1961-8) under President Kennedy and President Johnson. McNamara left this job because he had doubts about the Vietnam War, and he later said publicly that it was wrong. When his political career ended, he became President of the World Bank (1968-81). In a documentary film about his life, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S McNamara (2003) he discussed his failures in Vietnam.