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Film draws lessons from life of American executive

The International Wednesdays documentary series presents a screening of The Fog of War on Wednesday, November 14, at noon in the International Student Centre on the second floor of Laurier Hall.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara is the sole focus of documentarian Errol Morris’ 2003 film, which not only analyzes McNamara’s controversial decisions during the first half of the Vietnam War, but also his childhood upbringing, his education at Berkeley and Harvard, his involvement in World War II, and his later years as president of the World Bank to illustrate 11 lessons:

  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.

International Wednesdays screenings are free and open to the public.