The Fog of War has a very interesting name that just screams military film. Based on the name, I did not think that it would be a documentary but I am very glad I went to class to view this particular film. Robert McNamara, is probably one of the most interesting men that I have watched on a documentary. 85 years old and answering every question he was asked with wit and with a charisma that no other man I have seen ever do with such ease.
The perspective of the film regarding the reality of war was rational (at least through Robert McNamara’s eyes). He was the Secretary of Defense and with that title I think peacebuilding is a huge role. I do not think that the film addressed peacebuilding, it rather opened the eyes of all the people that did not like McNamara and put his job into perspective. I think that if McNamara was still alive he would still get a lot of the same questions that he got asked throughout his career. He went through 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and President Kennedy's suggestions to the Secretary that the U.S. remove itself from Vietnam. I think that my number one question for him would be: Didn’t you get tired of being involved and having such a huge role in the future of the United States? My question for Morris would be: How were you personally affected by meeting and interviewing with Robert McNamara? I think this film was created to show McNamara in a personal and up close way instead of him being depicted as the bad guy who bombed Tokyo and played a huge role in the Vietnam War.
I very much enjoyed watching this film and being part of the discussion after the film. I think that people can learn a lot from Robert McNamara and that without him the way that history tells itself would be completely different. In analyzing my own reaction to this film, I think that I am really starting to understand war and what happens much more than I ever thought I would. I am realizing that as much as war should not be needed...
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