Friday, October 20, 2006

Things a Leader Does! Things a Leader Thinks! How a Leader Behaves!

(The following are excerpts from the introductions to 13 Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis.)

"[RFK] opposed a massive surprise attack by a large country on a small country because he believed such an attack to be inhuman, contrary to our traditions and ideals, and an act of brutality for which the world would never forgive us." -- Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense during JFK's presidency.

"[JFK was] always ready to listen to advice, generous in giving due weight to opinions however diverse, careful and even cautious before reaching final conclusions on any problem, he had the supreme quality, shared by only very great men, of refusing to evade or cushion his final responsibility by an attempt to spread it out upon the backs of his colleagues. He was ready to carry the burden of responsibility himself." -- Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister UK during JFK's presidency.

*Bonus points to those who can name what I am emulating in the subject line.--TBO


At 9:30 PM, Anonymous flamingbanjo said...

Sort of makes you wanna cry, don't it?

At 10:20 AM, Blogger JJisafool said...

At least the $25,000 Pyramid reference made me smile.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger the beige one said...

This whole book is making me wanna cry...gads. I'm about to post another excerpt.

And, yes, JJ, you got it!

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Prego said...

$25,000 Pyramid? I was thinking along the Jeopardy lines...

It is nice to see that we are adept at learning from the past. What makes me cry is that nobody filmed those two micks pig roasting Marilyn Monroe.

At 12:07 PM, Blogger the beige one said...

that's an indelible image. Thanks Prego!


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