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President Johnson and Secretary McNamara

December 22, 1964
Source: National Archives

President Lyndon Johnson, left, and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara drive around the LBJ Ranch in Texas in 1964. McNamara served as secretary of defense from 1961 until 1968, and he was the prime architect of America’s military strategy during the Vietnam War. He believed that a commitment of U.S. ground forces and bombing campaigns could convince the Communist regime in North Vietnam that it could not win. 

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