Robert S. McNamara is a former Harvard Professor, WW2 Officer, President of FORD, Secretary of Defense and Head of the World Bank. In the documentary “The Fog of War” he reports about major events during his live and how small decisions sometimes led to great effects. Including the bombing of Japan in WW2, his role in the FORD Company, the Cuba-Crisis and the War in Vietnam. He examined in how far is it ethical to do bad things in order to achieve the “good” an whether or not it makes a difference in ethics, if you win or lose a war.
The Fog of War
11 lessons that America needs to learn, by Robert McNamara
- Empathise with your enemy
- Rationality will not save us
- There’s something beyond oneself
- Maximise efficiency
- Proportionality should be a guideline in war
- Get the data
- Belief and seeing are both often wrong
- Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning
- In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil
- Never say never
- You can’t change human nature.
Robert S. McNamara died on July 6th, 2009