This film was in an essence a life story on the interesting part of the life of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. The bulk of the film talked mostly about the cold war and all the things that the United States was involved in in regards to the war mainly Vietnam. Throughout the film there were a series of lessons that we would be given and these ranged from business advice to how people think and feel. On the business end Mr. McNamara was apart of a study that dealt with the effectiveness of bombing during World War II. On the human side my favorite lesson and probably the most important lesson I think that this entire movie offered was that you can’t change human nature. In all my life experiences that I have had this lesson hit home the most for me since I am a big believer in human experiences and how they effect our lives.
My favorite part of the entire movie was near the end when Mr. McNamara went to a dinner with the former leader of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was in the conversation that the true identity of human nature was reviled. McNamara asked the former leader of Vietnam why they went to such great lengths to win the war and the leader laughed and said “obviously you haven’t opened a history book” he told McNamara that they were going to do what ever it took to win the war. It wasn’t about China or the Soviet Union it was about their own freedom and sovereignty over themselves. The history of Vietnam was one of colonialism in which the French had a colonial hold over the country and it was after Vietnam declared independence then the Vietnam war took shape. Major powers were fighting for control over the country and at the time Vietnam chose to head in a more socialistic form of government which as history has shown never really sits well with the US. That was the reason that the war was so long and bloody, the people of Vietnam were going to do whatever it took the old never say never attitude into the war and that is why they won. This lesson of human nature was in my mind the most important of the entire film. Learning from this lesson and the lesson of the Cold War can always provide guidance for the future.