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
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  • Page: 275
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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.

    Book Review McNamara s Folly Modern War Institute Hamilton Gregory, McNamara s Folly The Use of Low IQ Troops in the Vietnam War Infinity Publishing, Arnold R Isaacs is a writer based in Maryland He was a war correspondent in Vietnam and is the author of Without Honor Defeat in Vietnam and Cambodia, Vietnam Shadows The War, Its MCNAMARA S REAL FOLLY The Washington Post But nothing better demonstrates why McNamara s War was McNamara s Folly The young secretary of defense was enthusiastic in October about a wall to reduce the need for bombing North Vietnam, which he always argued against. McNamara s Folly The Use of Low IQ Troops in the Vietnam 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 , I got to know some of McNamara s substandard soldiers, and I vowed that someday I would tell McNamara s Folly The Use of Low IQ Troops in the Vietnam Apr , A presentation and reading by Hamilton Gregory, author of McNamara s Folly The Use of Low IQ Troops in the Vietnam Because so many college students were avoiding military service during the Vietnam War, McNamara s Folly by Hamilton Gregory Vietnam Veterans of McNamara s Folly by Hamilton Gregory Hamilton Gregory volunteered for the Army, and served three years, including one in the Vietnam War in military intelligence He was a strong believer in America s fight against communism, and thought it was his patriotic duty to serve. McNamara s Folly Vietnam Veterans Against the War McNamara s Folly by Hamilton Gregory is informative, thoroughly researched, well written and very readable It is a terrific book, but caution the subject matter will make you angry and disgusted, once again, with the government of the United States. Medic in the Green Time McNamara s Folly Project , McNamara s Folly Project , At various times in its history, the US military has recruited people who measured below specific mental and medical standards During the Vietnam war, McNamara s Moron s as they were called, were barely literate, or could not read or write, or did not speak English. McNamara s Folly Lowering the Standards to Fill the Ranks How many of their comrades the McNamara s Folly men caused to be killed or wounded is not known First published in Vietnam Magazine s December issue.

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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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