President Bush got federal government backing to go to war with Iraq. This can be a classic example of Tuchman’s level.
Even against all tips by the American public, plus the outcry which has recently turn into deafening this individual pursues the war. Although it has brought on is reputation rating to nosedive he has pursued the battle.
This book offered me a solid knowledge of how and why such follies take place and make me wonder the way we have progressed so far as a society without being able to study from our earlier mistakes.
This book is a must examine for anyone who discusses history having a question mark and wants to know whether record indeed repeats itself.
HAZE of BATTLE
The movie the Fog of War has not been similar to Drive of Folly. It covered an entirely several topic and served an entirely different purpose.
This motion picture is about a very specific person and set of events. Robert S. McNamara received a Berkley and a Harvard education as well as for the period he was regarded as being one of the most outstanding men in. He employed that brilliance to perform record analysis with regards to improving the earth War II bombing approach.
His function eventually got him increased to Admin of Protection under JFK and Leader Johnson correspondingly.
While the March of Folly is a rambling look at a number of historical occasions, the Fog of Battle is a documentary that is filled up with interviews with McNamara him self.
The film includes press and news releases as well as taped discussions between LBJ and McNamara.
The most important factor that I took from the film is that world and its governing bodies usually do not always act in their personal best interest.
A also recognized after seeing this film that human beings will make blunders no matter how brilliant its leaders of advisors may be.
This kind of man was brilliant. Having been supposed to be someone who could check out a problem and produce the best solution. If perhaps that was possible he would have definitely advised resistant to the wars that he helped improve.
The thing the film and the publication do share for me is a repeated facts that history will duplicate itself.
McNamara went through Ww ii and most probably saw as a result experience that war should be avoided at most of the costs, nevertheless , he was wanting to advise during the Vietnam conflict.
A caught a glimpse of how McNamara can take part in improving bombing ability for the war nevertheless , when he described his act on Ford as making a safer cover for your meat inside.
It offered me a cold sense and among this film and Tuchman’s book I actually came to realize something that was quite sad.
A can now appreciate that there always exists brilliant those who are not compassionate and those are the people who are certain to get through the ranks and advise governments within their actions.
And it points out why background repeats alone. The same kind of people continue to be given enough power and weight that after they think in the same standard terms because their historic peers did history happens once more.
The one thing that McNamara said that touched my own heart, is usually had all of us lost the war we would have been prosecuted as conflict criminals. This is true and it may give temporarily halt to our upcoming actions.
Each of these means provided insight and direction about how record repeats by itself and this allows us to take a reflective look even with contemporary issues. I believe we need to study from these and also other studies in history to try and replace the path that triggers the duplication of the poor choices and decisions.
David Loftus, March 6, 2005
Tuchman Barbara (1985)the March of Folly: Via Troy to Vietnam (Paperback)