Essay on Fog of War Film Analysis

931 Words Nov 15th, 2005 4 Pages
The Fog of War Analysis

Nearly 160 million people were killed during the 20th century, and film maker Errol Morris wished to show the reason for this in documentary form. He interviewed former US secretary of Defense Arnold McNamara and the two discussed and analyzed some defining moments in US history, thus "The Fog of War" was made. The movie was set up in 11 lessons. However, I only found three to be completely reasonable. The first lesson that is highlighted in Morris' film is that which says to empathize with your enemy-Vietnam was used to highlight this point. On the individual level of analysis, our mind set during the war was called into question. Morris argues that we did not empathize with our enemy or allies, South
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Morris' explains that the only thing that prevented a nuclear war was Tommy Thompson's ability to convince President Kennedy that military response was unnecessary. Thompson knew Khruschev very well and understood what he wanted. Morris placed the prevention on the individual level of analysis in Thompson's understanding of the situation and ability to influence. Our empathy stopped a nuclear war. Another valid lesson shown was that rationality will not save us. Morris once again uses the Cuban Missel Crises as an example. From the global level of analysis, the movie highlighted on the feeling of terror that the US had toward the Soviet Union because of its placement of nuclear warheads on the island of Cuba. On the interstate level, the movie discusses the president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, and how he went from welcoming the United States to falling in line with the Soviets and President Kennedy's plans to overthrow Castro in the Bay of Pigs invasion. The domestic level of analysis focused on President Kennedy's formation of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council, (ExComm), and their efforts to stop the Soviets from placing more nuclear warheads on Cuba by forming a blockade around the island. Also, the movie highlighted on the public's deep fear that the possibility of nuclear war was not a small one. Morris stressed the importance of the letters that were exchanged between Khrushcev and Kennedy. This can be placed