The Fog of War

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 22, 2004

Highly recommended documentary by Errol Morris about Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense under Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Now in his 80s, McNamara shares frankly what is hinted at as the tip of his personal iceberg, a refreshing occurance rarely seen among the rich, powerful, or famous. Many hold him responsible for the mess in Vietnam, but I ended up liking him more than not in this film; he seemed genuinely interested in personal discovery and re-evaluation and fully aware of the complications of being human. If you go see this movie (which is highly relevant to the current US political situation), I recommend keeping an open mind?you might be surprised at how you react (whether you?re pro- or anti-war?or somewhere in the middle).

- The Fog of War as a design achievement
- A late review from the New Yorker
- The Village Voice on Being Robert McNamara