Robert S. McNamara

A Quote by Robert S. McNamara on force and time

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"It is true that at the time [1962] we had a strategic nuclear force of approximately five thousand warheads compared to the Soviet's three hundred."

Robert S. McNamara

Source: Blundering Into Disaster, 1986

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Robert S. McNamara on beginning and presidency

You have to remember that, right from the beginning, it was President Kennedy who said that it was politically unacceptable for us to leave those [Cuban] missile sites alone. He didn't say militarily, he said politically.

Robert S. McNamara

Source: as interviewed by James G. Blight, May 21, 1987

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A Quote by Robert S. McNamara on balance, belief, concern, memory, and military

...but highly placed sources within the Kennedy Administration disagreed: "[T]he assumption that the strategic nuclear balance mattered in any way was wrong... As far as I am concerned, it made no difference... If my memory serves me correctly, we had some five thousand strategic nuclear warheads as against t heir three hundred. Can anyone seriously tell me that their having three hundred and forty would have made any difference? The military balance wasn't changed. I didn't believe it then, and I don't believe it now..."

Robert S. McNamara

Source: at the Hawk's Cay Conference on the Cuban Missile Crisis, March, 1987

Contributed by: Zaady

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