The Fog of War
This documentary by Errol Morris is the story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. One of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, he takes us on an insider's view of the seminal events of the 20th Century. Why was this past Century the most destructive and deadly in all of human history? From the firebombing of 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo in 1945 to the brink of nuclear catastrophe during the Cuban missile crisis to the devastating effects of the Vietnam War, "The Fog of War" examines the psychology and reasoning of the government decision-makers who send men to war. How were decisions made and for what reason? What can we learn from these historical events? As American forces continue to battle terrorism overseas and the possibility of additional military conflict looms large, "The Fog of War" is essential viewing for anyone who wants to understand how the American government justifies the use of military force. Combining extraordinary archival footage, recreations, newly declassified White House recordings, as well as an original score by the Oscar-nominated composer, Philip Glass, the film is a disquieting and powerful essay on war, rationality, and human nature.