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...s always reflected the wishes of Johnson. Even his resignation was a reflection of Johnson’s wishes. In the years directly following his resignation, he still did not speak out against the Vietnam War despite his personal opinion on an outcome he saw as unavoidable. McNamara’s silence has to do with not only his continued loyalty to Johnson, but also his negative reputation in the media. McNamara was one of the media’s biggest scapegoats during the Vietnam War. While he did on occasion try and clarify his duties to the press, his was still viewed as the sole member for Johnson’s administration responsible for the outcomes of Vietnam. Media sources blamed him for the failure in Vietnam even past his resignation. This one sided view of McNamara’s character paired with his own personal ego would have prevented McNamara from sharing his views on the war with the press.
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