The Fog of War

The Fog of War… what a wonderful movie. Tivo or Netflix it now.

THE FOG OF WAR is built around eleven lessons from the life of Robert McNamara.
Lesson #1: Empathize with your enemy.
Lesson #2: Rationality will not save us.
Lesson #3: There’s something beyond one’s self.
Lesson #4: Maximize efficiency.
Lesson #5: Proportionality should be a guideline in war.
Lesson #6: Get the data.
Lesson #7: Belief and seeing are both often wrong.
Lesson #8: Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning.
Lesson #9: In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil.
Lesson #10: Never say never.
Lesson #11: You can’t change human nature.

I never had much respect for McNamara, not that I knew anything about him other than he was the bastard over lord of the Vietnam debacle – figured that was reason enough to hate someone… I was wrong. What I believed and what I saw of the man from my ingorant stance were both wrong – as #7 so acurately states… we see what we believe. This movie put’s his career in a whole new light and really delves into society as a whole in a very interesting way. As he wraps up by saying “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t… I’d rather be damned for if I don’t”.