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

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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Robert McNamara:
Lesson #2: The indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will lead to the destruction of nations.

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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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Robert McNamara:
I'm not so naive or simplistic to believe we can eliminate war. We're not going to change human nature any time soon. It isn't that we aren't rational. We are rational. But reason has limits. There's a quote from T.S. Eliot that I just love: "We shall not cease from exploring, and at the end of our exploration, we will return to where we started, and know the place for the first time." Now that's in a sense where I'm beginning to be.

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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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