To fight a war, especially a counterinsurgency, it is essential to understand the goals of one's enemy, but by his own admission, McNamara knew almost nothing about Vietnam. Because he knew so little, he fell back on the preexisting and widely shared assumption that the Vietnamese Communists were engaged not in a civil-war-cum-struggle-for-independence but rather an expansionist push on behalf of China and the Soviet Union.
LOOKING BACK: Robert McNamara's Logical Legacy J Peter Scoblic Arms Control Today; Sep 2009; 39, 7; Docstoc pg. 58 Reproduced with per
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