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The Fog of War, directed by Errol Morris, is an informative documentary that describes Robert McNamaraâ(TM)s controversial career, as told by himself through a series of personal interviews. This technique allows viewers to observe McNamaraâ(TM)s emotions as he discusses each aspect of his life, effectively displaying him as a man who did what he felt was best when faced with high-stakes decisions. Morris largely allows McNamara, through his interviews, to guide the course of the documentary. As such, the documentary is in part an apology from McNamara, but also an explanation of his decisions and an attempt to show how he helped save lives aside from his involvement in the Vietnam war. In regards to war, McNamara never openly admits his mistakes, but urges others to learn from mistakes made in past war, especially in regards to nuclear war.
McNamara sharing lessons he has learned appears to be a major focus of his in the documentary, but unfortunately the eleven lessons shown on screen are only loosely, if at all, tied to McNamaraâ(TM)s discussions of his career. This leads to poor structure of the documentary, which is really the only drawback of an otherwise highly informative film that shows a different side of Robert McNamara. As such, McNamaraâ(TM)s interviews are both the greatest strength and the greatest weaknesses of this film. Despite a confusing chronology, overall this is a good documentary that I would recommend to any American interested in our nation's history, especially those who experienced the Vietnam War or teachers who wish to add to their curriculum when discussing McNamara and the Vietnam War.