Robert McNamara

Vietnam on TV

The Tet Offensive shocked the nation and permanently changed US attitudes toward the Vietnam War


The North Vietnamese surprise attack on dozens of military sites in South Vietnam, including the US embassy in Saigon, had a seismic impact on the US public. While a military failure for the North, it was a huge propaganda success. Attitudes in the US towards the war and toward President Lyndon Johnson were never the same.

LBJ 1965

The carrot and the stick: LBJ addresses the nation on the conflict in Vietnam

USS Maddox

What really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964?

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Robert McNamara: His Life and Legacy