Mitchell’s own George McGovern talked to Politico yesterday about the death, life and legacy of Robert McNamara, the Vietnam-era defense secretary:
"Bob McNamara had the courage and the character and the intelligence to admit that he was wrong about Vietnam. We’re still waiting for some of the other Vietnam actors to say that they were wrong. I think he’ll be remembered as a top figure that way. That’s a great legacy."
McGovern also talked to NPR:
"He deserves great credit for seeing the folly of our involvement there, though I wish he had come to that conclusion earlier," McGovern says. "It’s very hard for people in public life to say, ‘I made a mistake.’ "
McGovern said he approached McNamara after the two had participated in a panel discussion in New York and personally congratulated him for "recognizing the folly."
"And from that time on, he and I had a congenial relationship," McGovern said.