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July 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Robert McNamara’s death: respect or disrespect for ‘architect’ of Vietnam?

No need to disrespect dead

I am disgusted and dismayed at the cartoon you published [Opinion, July 8].

If you find it necessary to pay your disrespect to the dead then aim it at the person who started that terrible war, President John F. Kennedy.

Better yet, let the dead rest in peace.

— Darlene Gardner, Port Ludlow

Why haven’t we learned from McNamara’s mistakes?

Robert McNamara is finally dead, long after most of his victims on both sides of the Vietnam War. I’m sure he’s joining Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson and the other monsters of that war in a special section of the ninth level of hell in mirrored rooms where they finally have to look at themselves and really see just how hideous they were.

As I watch the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars escalate, I wonder –what did America learn from the incredible mistakes and lies of the Vietnam War?

— Doug Morrison, Seattle

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