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Presentation Transcript Lesson 1: Empathize with your enemy: In the case of Vietnam, we didn't know them well enough to empathize. And there was total misunderstanding as a result. They believed that we had simply replaced the French as a colonial power, and we were seeking to subject South and North Vietnam to our colonial interests, which was absolutely absurd.
And we, we saw Vietnam as an element of the Cold War. Not what they saw it as: Rationality will not save us: It was luck that prevented nuclear war.
We came that close to nuclear war at the end. Kennedy was rational; Khrushchev was rational; Castro was rational.
Rational individuals came that close to total destruction of their societies. And that danger exists today. Not more efficient in the sense of killing more, but more efficient in weakening the adversary.
I wrote one report analyzing the efficiency of the B—29 operations. The B—29 could get above the fighter aircraft and above the air defense, so the loss rate would be much less. The problem was the accuracy was also much less. Now I don't want to suggest that it was my report that led to, I'll call it, the firebombing.
It isn't that I'm trying to absolve myself of blame. I don't want to suggest that it was I who put in LeMay's mind that his operations were totally inefficient and had to be drastically changed. But, anyhow, that's what he did. He took the B—29s down to 5, feet and he decided to bomb with firebombs.
Proportionality should be a Guideline in War: And we kill people unnecessarily. Belief and Seeing are often wrong: Be prepared to re-examine your reasoning: In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil: He was opposed to war, the violence of war, the killing.
He came to the Pentagon, doused himself with gasoline. Burned himself to death below my office. He held a child in his arms, his daughter. Passersby shouted, "Save the child! His wife issued a very moving statement: I shared it then and I believe it even more strongly today.
How much evil must we do in order to do good? We have certain ideals, certain responsibilities. Recognize that at times you will have to engage in evil, but minimize it. Secondly, never answer the question that is asked of you. Answer the question that you wish had been asked of you.
We're not going to change human nature anytime soon.
It isn't that we aren't rational. But reason has limits.The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara The Fog Of War: Lessons Of From The Life Of Robert S. Mcnamara Scene: The Cuban Missle Crisis.
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Critic Reviews for The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara All Critics () | Top Critics (38) | Fresh () | Rotten (4) | DVD (13) For those of my generation, the true resonance in the film may be in the constant juxtaposition between the then and the now of the McNamara life%.