Two quotes to think about, from “The March of Folly”

I’ve just finished reading The March of Folly – From Troy to Vietnam. Here are two quick quotes:

Pope Alexander VI: A leader begins by not hearing the truth, and ends up not wanting to hear it.

I found this very interesting. You start from a position where no one gives you the truth. Soon enough, you reach a point, when you don’t want to hear any of it.

Robert McNamara: The greatest contribution Vietnam is making, is developing an ability in the United States to fight a limited war . . . without arousing the public ire…almost a necessity in our history because this is the kind of war we’ll likely be facing for the next fifty years.

When he said this in the 1960s, did McNamara just predict the future? Or did he help create it?

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