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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:
[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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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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[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:
What makes us omniscient? Have we a record of omniscience? We are the strongest nation in the world today. I do not believe we should ever apply that economic, political, or military power unilaterally. If we had followed that rule in Vietnam, we wouldn't have been there! None of our allies supported us; not Japan, not Germany, not Britain or France. If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merit of our cause, we'd better reexamine our reasoning.

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

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