Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

Errol Morris


Robert S. McNamara discusses his experiences and lessons learned during his tenure as Secretary of Defense under John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. He talks about his work as a bombing statistician during World War II, his brief tenure as president of Ford Motor Company, and the Kennedy administration's triumph during the Cuban Missle Crisis. However, the film focuses primarily on his failures in Vietnam. The theme of the film are his "eleven lessons" learned during this time. Some of these include improving military efficiency, understanding your enemy, and the frustrations of trying to deal with (and unsuccessfully trying to change) human nature.

R.S. McNamara's eleven lessons of war :

01. Empathize with your enemy
02. Rationality will not save us
03. There's something beyond one's self
04. Maximize efficiency
05. Proportionality should be a guideline in war
06. Get the data
07. Belief and seeing are often both wrong
08. Be prepared to re-examine your reasoning
09. In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil
10. Never say never
11. You can't change human nature


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