The Fog of War

>> Friday, August 24, 2007

I remember seeing The Fog of War a few years ago at the Grand. If there's anything on the Iraq war that I haven't seen lately, it's an application of McNamara's eleven lessons applied to Iraq, particularly now that the Iraq war had its 4-year anniversary a few months ago.

  1. Empathize with your enemy.
  2. Rationality will not save us.
  3. There's something beyond one's self.
  4. Maximize efficiency.
  5. Proportionality should be a guideline in war.
  6. Get the data.
  7. Belief and seeing are both often wrong.
  8. Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning.
  9. In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil.
  10. Never say never.
  11. You can't change human nature.


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