Community Web Version Now Available
does "the Secretary acted quickly" mean "McNamara acted quickly?" Simultaneously the Pentagon's command center sounded a buzzer, awakening General Maxwell Taylor, who was napping in his office between sessions with the Germans. McNamara had a tremendous reputation, and he deserved it. Despite his deep feeling for the President—the emotional side of his personality had been overlooked by the press, but it was very much there—he kept his head and made all the right moves. An ashen- faced aide came in with the bulletin. Jerry Wiesner studied the man's expression as the secretary read it. Wiesner thought: The Bomb's been dropped. McNamara quietly handed the slip around—Wiesner felt momentary relief; anything was better than a nuclear holocaust—and then the Secretary acted quickly. Adjourning his conference, he sent Mac Bundy back to the White House in a Defense limousine and conferred with Taylor and the other Joint Chiefs. Over the JCS signature they dispatched a flash warning to every American military base in the world:
May 19, 2013 2:55 PM
Answers · 1
Yes, I believe it refers to McNamara, the Secretary of Defense.
May 19, 2013
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
Learning Language
English, French