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

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11 lessons that America needs to learn, by Robert McNamara

  1. Empathise with your enemy
  2. Rationality will not save us
  3. There’s something beyond oneself
  4. Maximise efficiency
  5. Proportionality should be a guideline in war
  6. Get the data
  7. Belief and seeing are both often wrong
  8. Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning
  9. In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil
  10. Never say never
  11. You can’t change human nature.

Robert S. McNamara died on July 6th, 2009

5 COMMENTS

  1. The attacks on USS Maddox turned out to be faked.
    9 torpedoes m i s s e d ??
    The U.S went to war for nothing, but it was good for business!

  2. Having served in Graves Registrations, in Vietnam War, I came to learn a truth about War, and Nations, and patriotism, and such. this truth is, that all that we believe about our nation, is only true, in so much as we choose to believe them. all those things we have been lead to believe, are not the complete truth. and often, not fact at all. As an American, we have been allegedly lead to believe, too often, that events have occurred, which in truth, have not. and as a matter of fact, were absolute falsehoods. also, that men are willing to, and have given their lives, based upon these “Lies”. it would seem, that nearly every war, the U.S. have been involved with, were as the Iraq war. all Lies ! and our national treasure, in blood and gold, have been squandered upon the greed and untruths hoisted upon us by politicians, and Presidents. to no good end. thus, wasted as it were, our children, our brightest, and the promise of our future. without exception, for men of no morals, or ethics, or common values. for their love of power, and money. regardless of the lives ruined in doing so. to have committed War Crimes, and Crimes against humanity. however, to go without arrest, trial, or finding of guilt. to live out their lives in luxury, rather than a prison cells. they, sociopaths, psychotics, unrepentant.
    and to have events represented as history, written by their hand. to again lead innocent women and children and elderly civilians, to death, or impoverishment. when will we end these lies, and stop national dishonor ? and to never again allow such pathetic criminals to bleed our children or nation dry ? to stop WAR ! and to say ” Never Again !”.

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