The Fog of War

And here is my film of the week:

  • The Fog of War (2003): a documentary about the United States at war (and of the other countries involved) through the account of Robert McNamara, who has been in the US Army Air Forces during WWII and later served as the United States Secretary of Defense during part of the Vietnam war (1961-1968).

No matter you do good or bad things, and even assuming good faith, power is very dangerous:

[…] In the Cuban Missile Crisis, at the end, I think we did put ourselves in the skin of the Soviets.

In the case of Vietnam, we didn’t know them well enough to empathize. And there was total misundersunding 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. Nor what they saw it as, a civil war.

Robert McNamara