Analysis Of The Movie ' The Fog Of War '

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In the Fog of War, Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara recounted his experiences when serving for both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Throughout the film he shared eleven lessons that he learned as a result of the war and politics. The lessons range from empathizing with one 's enemy to the fact we cannot change human nature. This essay will discuss some of McNamara’s lessons and how they illustrated institutions, bargaining, cooperation, power and sovereignty.
The film started with McNamara’s first lesson which was to empathize with your enemy. He recounted the events leading up the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the Bay of Pigs. This was a 13-day standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union due the installation of nuclear weapons in Cuba. The Soviet Union had installed the weapons of mass destruction in Cuba as a response to the United States’ decision to install nuclear weapons in Turkey. This was an example of the Security Dilemma discussed in lecture, “The Source of one’s comfort is the source of another’s worry” (Unit 4). When President Kennedy found out that there could possibly be nuclear weapons in Cuba, he did not want to take a chance and wanted the missiles to be removed from the island. Kennedy received two different types of messages from the Soviet Union. One was a soft message stating that they would remove the missiles if the US did not invade. The other was a hard message stating that if the US were to invade,
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