McNamara's Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War

McNamara s Folly The Use of Low IQ Troops in the Vietnam War In President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara were desperate to find additional troops for the Vietnam War but they feared that they would alienate middle class voters if th

  • Title: McNamara's Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War
  • Author: Hamilton Gregory
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 207
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  • In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara were desperate to find additional troops for the Vietnam War, but they feared that they would alienate middle class voters if they drafted college boys or sent Reservists and National Guardsmen to Vietnam So, on October 1, 1966, McNamara lowered mental standards and inducted thousands of low IQ men AIn 1966, President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara were desperate to find additional troops for the Vietnam War, but they feared that they would alienate middle class voters if they drafted college boys or sent Reservists and National Guardsmen to Vietnam So, on October 1, 1966, McNamara lowered mental standards and inducted thousands of low IQ men Altogether, 354,000 of these men were taken into the Armed Forces and a large number of them were sent into combat Many military men, including William Westland, the commanding general in Vietnam, viewed McNamara s program as a disaster Because many of the substandard men were incompetent in combat, they endangered not only themselves but their comrades as well Their death toll was appallingly high In addition to low IQ men, tens of thousands of other substandard troops were inducted, including criminals, misfits, and men with disabilities This book tells the story of the men caught up in McNamara s folly.

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    1. I received my copy of “McNamara’s Folly” from the author himself. He had read the first poem (and later others) in my book, “Love Poems for Cannibals,” and also learned that I am a Vietnam Veteran (July 1967 – July 1968). The poem that he read was “Dream Frag of Robert Strange McNamara.” This poem clearly (and correctly) communicated to Hamilton Gregory that I never liked McNamara very much.Whereas my poem was personally hostile and wild and darkly funny regarding McNamara, “Mc [...]

    2. Hamilton Gregory, a Vietnam veteran who worked with intelligence, has written a much needed book on McNamara's so-called "Project 100,000" utilized beginning in 1966 and continued throughout the rest of the war to boost total inductions by relaxing the intellectual, medical, and physical standards for the armed forces."The road to Hell is paved with good intentions," the old aphorism reads. It seems an apt description of what happened with "Project 100,000." During Lyndon Johnson's laudable "War [...]

    3. Many of us--especially Vietnam veterans like myself--know well the basic facts: that an escalation of troop levels began in the mid-1960's and peaked at about 550,000 by 1968; that all total 2.7 million Americans served in Vietnam during the war years; and that 58,000 American's died there, mostly in combat situations. But how many know that approximately 10% of those casualties were suffered by low IQ men brought into the service under a plan sponsered by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamera th [...]

    4. McNamara’s Folly is a fascinating book about the use of low-IQ soldiers in the Vietnam War. In the prologue Gregory says "While I was in the Army (1967-1970), I got to know some of McNamara's substandard soldiers, and I vowed that someday I would tell their stories and give the historical background. This book is the fulfillment of that vow." The author shared some of this powerful story at a college campus book signing and a video of that presentation is available.Drawing on his own experienc [...]

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