The M16 is one of the best rifles ever fielded. Just look at how long its been in service.
Always keep in mind that "history is written by the winner", and the folks that wanted the M16 won.
This article is really interesting because it highlights three different issues:
1. What happens when bean counters make decisions. Almost all industries are now run my bankers and by default bean counters. That's not good.
2. What happens when the most knowledgeable people aren't making the decisions. America is being led in all sectors by people that don't know anything about actual things. Having an MBA or law degree from Harvard or any other ivy league school doesn't make you an expert in anything other than how to screw people over. Yet people with those degrees from those schools are running the country (and have been since the 60's), figuratively and literally.
3. The importance of first impressions. The M16 is a pretty good rifle but the first impression was really bad due to poor decisions by those at the top rather than the rifle itself. What was first fielded was a disaster and that first impression has followed the M16 for a long time.
I hope history remembers that whole issue as a breakdown in leadership rather than a problem with the M16?