Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The quest for certainty

Once, after McNamara had rattled off the odds for the success of various military operations -- 65 percent for this one, 30 for that -- [George] Ball had joked that perhaps the figures were actually 64 percent and 29 percent. He saw that such teasing did not amuse the defense secretary.

-- A. J. Langguth, Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975 at 367.

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