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

Robert McNamara:
[Regarding his Medal of Freedom acceptance speech] Had I responded, I would have said, "I know what many of you are thinking. You are thinking this man is duplicitous, you are thinking that he has held things close to his chest, you are thinking that he did not respond fully to the desires and wishes of the American people. And I want to tell you you're wrong. Of course he had personal idiosyncrasies, no question about it. He didn't accept all the advice he was given. On several occasions his associates advised him to be more forthcoming. He wasn't. People didn't understand at that time there were recommendations and pressures that would carry the risk of war with China. And carry the risk of nuclear war. And he was determined to prevent it. I am arguing that he had a reason, in his mind, for doing what he did."

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Robert McNamara:
It's almost impossible for our people today to put themselves back into that period


[the Cold War]



Robert McNamara:
. In my seven years as Secretary, we came within a hair's breadth of war with the Soviet Union on three different occasions! Twenty-four hours a day, three-hundred sixty-five days a year, for seven years as Secretary of Defense, I lived the Cold War! During the Kennedy Administration, they designed a one-hundred Megaton bomb! It was tested in the atmosphere; I remember this.

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[from October 27, 1962, regarding the Soviet missiles in Cuba]



John F. Kennedy:
We're not going to get these missiles out of Cuba, probably, anyway... by negotiation.



Tommy Thompson:
I don't agree, Mr. President. I think there's still a chance...



John F. Kennedy:
That he'll back down?



Tommy Thompson:
The important thing for Khrushchev, it seems to me, is to be able to say, "I saved Cuba, I stopped an invasion".

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[from the Epilogue]



Interviewer:
After you left the Johnson administration, why didn't you speak out against the Vietnam War?



Robert McNamara:
I'm not going to say any more than I have. These are the kinds of questions that get me into trouble. You don't know what I know about how inflammatory my words can appear. A lot of people misunderstand the war, misunderstand me. A lot of people think I'm a son of a bitch.

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Robert McNamara:
[referring to auto accident research at Cornell Aeronautical Lab] They said "the main problem is packaging." They said "you buy eggs and you know how eggs come in a carton?"


[... ]



Robert McNamara:
So Cornell said "they don't break because they're packaged properly. Now if we package people in cars the same way, we could reduce the breakage."

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