McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam
[ Editor’s Note: This was a YouTube suggestion for me last night, and blew me away. I had been a bit familiar with the story, as we have VT people who have told me about some of it.
The saddest part of this is how all those in the lower command tried over and over to stop these people from being sent to Vietnam into combat units as cannon fodder, and no one in the higher ranks wanted it on their record that they had challenged the Pentagon, for the predictable negative effects that would have on their careers.
Parallel to this was the flip side of the coin, where the George Bush’s and other politician’s kids were grabbing all the open National Guard slots, without the slightest embarrassment or fear of any media coverage exposure.
These low IQ people were not only a danger to themselves in a combat unit, but also to their fellow soldiers. Gregory’s comment of “they suffered horendous causaties” should have been enough to have the top Pentagon people castrated for what they did. Failing to do so gives those coming behind them that they can get aways with shit like this, and generally they do.
We have had a different version of the scandal going on in the horrendous military sexual abuse that the command structure has seem powerless to stop, requiring events like a savage murder before it would take action to have independent prosecutors.
The magic number is 25% of women in the military have gone through this. And frankly I don’t think a lot of the parents did what they should have. As I remember one mother saying about her daughter, “she went in to get the benefits, not all this other shit”, a plain spoken woman.
Also see: McNamara’s “Moron Corps” – HBO’s “Path to War” leaves out some of the most shameful brainstorms of the Vietnam War’s masterminds — including a little-known recruitment program that turned the mentally and physically deficient into cannon fodder.
- As Herb DeBose, a former black first lieutenant who was director of a New York City employment program for veterans, said at that time,
“I think McNamara should be shot. I saw him when he resigned from the World Bank, crying about the poor children of the world. But if he did not cry at all for any of those men he took in under Project 100,000, then he really doesn’t know what crying is all about. Many weren’t even on a 5th-grade level.”
I read only in a Washington Post IG report on Afghanistan that 90% of the Afghan army could only read at a 3rd grade level, and forget the mathematics part. The training program was just part of the grift.
The Taliban had no one that could read that well, but I did find a silver bullet quote about why they felt they won, which was “the Afghan army fights for money”. For what McNamara did to these men he should be stripped of every honor that he got as a lesson to all those coming behind him… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … August 24, 2021
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, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara lowered mental standards to induct 354,000 low-IQ men. Their death toll in combat was appalling.