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Remembering Robert McNamera

posted by Nell Minow

Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamera, the architect of the Viet Nam war, died today, still a figure of controversy after nearly half a century. Every family should watch the Oscar-winning documentary The Fog of War for a thought-provoking (and often just provoking) look at the way people of the greatest possible intelligence, experience, and good intentions, can make decisions with terrible consequences. The parallels to contemporary challenges are undeniable.

  • lum

    RSM…….a sorry arrogant egotistic bastard s o b RIP { rest In Piss} vn 67-68

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    I know a lot of people feel that way, lum. I think of him as a very tragic figure who could not face the tragic consequences of his well-intentioned decisions. Arrogant, yes, but tortured, as the documentary shows.

  • Paul Ceria

    He lived a long life by comparison to the 58,000+ names on The Wall. Due to his arrogance and inept ability to see what was going on, many of my friends did not live such a long life. I wonder what he will tell them when he meets them on the path of eternity? Light at the end of the tunnel?

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thank you, Paul. I hope you see “The Fog of War.”

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