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:
In the end, it was luck. We were *this* close to nuclear war, and luck prevented it.

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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:
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:
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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Robert McNamara:
I think the human race needs to think about killing. How much evil must we do in order to do good.

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