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Fog of War

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.88 /10
Robert S. McNamara,

Directed by: Errol Morris
Written by:

Released: 2003
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 107

Oscar-winning doc puts US foreign policy in the dock.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The Fog of War is a skilfully edited selection of interviews with Robert S. McNamara, the brilliant, arrogant secretary of defence under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Long demonised by the Left as the architect of Americaís involvement in Vietnam, McNamara spends much of the film claiming that he fought a rearguard action against US intervention.

Itís hard to know how much of this is self-serving hindsight, but there can be no doubt that the film contains lessons for any administration, especially with regard to understanding your enemyís motives and acting unilaterally only as a last resort.

Itís always interesting to hear people who have been so close to the levers of power, but McNamara remains a cagey customer, and director Errol Morris seems too preoccupied with scoring debating points against President George W. Bush, and over-eager to whitewash the Democrats, whose record in foreign policy from JFK through to Clinton has been lamentable.

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