Movie: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Lif Movie: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Lif

Movie: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Lif Movie: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Lif

[regarding his and Colonel Curtis LeMay's involvement in the bombing of Japan during World War II]



Robert McNamara:
LeMay said if we lost the war that we would have all been prosecuted as war criminals. And I think he's right. He... and I'd say I... were behaving as war criminals.



Robert McNamara:
LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side has lost.



Robert McNamara:
But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?

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Robert McNamara:
I was on the island of Guam in his


[General Curtis LeMays']



Robert McNamara:
command in March 1945. In that single night, we burned to death one hundred thousand Japanese civilians in Tokyo. Men, women and children.



Interviewer:
Were you aware this was going to happen?



Robert McNamara:
Well, I was part of a mechanism that, in a sense, recommended it.

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Lyndon Johnson:
Nobody really understands what it is out there.


[in Vietnam]



Lyndon Johnson:
And they're asking questions and saying why don't we do more. Well, I think this: You can have more war, or you can have more appeasement. But we don't want more of either.

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Robert McNamara:
I'd rather be damned-if-I-don't.

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Robert McNamara:
Any military commander who is honest with himself, or with those he is speaking to, will admit that he has made mistakes in the application of military power. He's killed people - unnecessarily. His own troops or other troops. Through mistakes, through errors of judgement. A hundred, or a thousand, or ten thousand, maybe even a hundred thousand. But he hasn't destroyed nations.



Robert McNamara:
And the conventional wisdom is: don't make the same mistake twice. Learn from your mistakes. And we all do. Maybe we make the mistake three times, but hopefully not four or five.



Robert McNamara:
They'll be no learning period with nuclear weapons. Make one mistake and you're going to destroy nations.

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