2004-05-16

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wow

i'm on a plane that soon!
time always goes fast when you want more of it.

[livejournal.com profile] faderhead when are you going to be in Berlin?
when in hamburg? (doubtful but i may go there to shoot with matthias grimme too after he returns from japan. depends on a few things though, including my Zurich portion of da trip)

ahhh!! too many shoots to get arranged still!
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so
yea

couple o pieces by jeff are up on da ebay

item 2244491707


item 2244682314
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i just realized, while responding to someone else's lj, that i haven't had a drink in over a month.

hmm. what up with that?

and no, i didn't drink at bondage ball either. i was bought a shot of JD, but didn't end up doing it at all.

i'm watching globetrekkers on pbs right now while doing da homework. i want to go to nepal dammit. prolly not a good idea at the moment but damn. i need to see the himalayas in person in this lifetime. the namche bazar would be just the beginning - technically true too as it's where the sagarmatha national park headquarters are. yarh! i don't need to attempt an everest climb. just a view of it would be enough. hmm altitude sickness. yikes. hmmm so yup. need to do this eventually. yak meat. hmm the only meat.

unfortunately, not sure who would undertake a trip like this with me. plus, i got other places to go first. but i do think i will do this. yup
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• We misjudged then Ñ and we have since Ñ the geopolitical intentions of our adversaries … and we exaggerated the dangers to the United States of their actions.

• We viewed the people and leaders of South Vietnam in terms of our own experience … We totally misjudged the political forces within the country.

• We underestimated the power of nationalism to motivate a people to fight and die for their beliefs and values.

• Our judgments of friend and foe alike reflected our profound ignorance of the history, culture, and politics of the people in the area, and the personalities and habits of their leaders.

• We failed then Ñ and have since Ñ to recognize the limitations of modern, high-technology military equipment, forces and doctrine…

• We failed as well to adapt our military tactics to the task of winning the hearts and minds of people from a totally different culture.

• We failed to draw Congress and the American people into a full and frank discussion and debate of the pros and cons of a large-scale military involvement … before we initiated the action.

• After the action got under way and unanticipated events forced us off our planned course … we did not fully explain what was happening and why we were doing what we did.

• We did not recognize that neither our people nor our leaders are omniscient. Our judgment of what is in another people's or country's best interest should be put to the test of open discussion in international forums. We do not have the God-given right to shape every nation in our image or as we choose.

• We did not hold to the principle that U.S. military action … should be carried out only in conjunction with multinational forces supported fully (and not merely cosmetically) by the international community.

• We failed to recognize that in international affairs, as in other aspects of life, there may be problems for which there are no immediate solutions … At times, we may have to live with an imperfect, untidy world.

• Underlying many of these errors lay our failure to organize the top echelons of the executive branch to deal effectively with the extraordinarily complex range of political and military issues.
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fucking errol morris and robert mcNamara were at UC berkeley a couple months ago

dammit
and i missed it
sht shit

read the rest of the article here
McNamara says a bit about Bush and Iraq

there is a WEBCAST available !


BERKELEY — Near the end of "Fog of War," Errol Morris's documentary about Robert McNamara's examination of his role in the wars of the 20th century, McNamara shares his philosophy for dealing with the press. "Don't answer the question they asked," the former Secretary of Defense (1960-1968) advises with a smile. "Answer the question you wish they'd asked."

McNamara relied heavily on that strategy during a February 4 forum at UC Berkeley devoted to "The Fog of War." The question posed in various ways by Mark Danner, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism professor who moderated the discussion with Morris and McNamara, was whether the lessons McNamara has drawn from the Vietnam War should be applied to the United States' current war in Iraq. In hundreds of prior interviews, McNamara has steadfastly refused to do so, claiming this would pose a risk to American soldiers in the field. (There is, however, an exception to that refusal, which we'll get to later.)

One of the most admired and later, the most vilified, leaders of his generation, McNamara has spent the last 20 years and three memoirs trying to navigate his personal "fog of war," the complex miasma of national decisions that resulted in the deaths of more than a million civilians in Japan and 58,000 U.S. servicemen and women (plus untold numbers of civilians) in Vietnam. In contrast to today's exhibitionist climate, where Presidential candidates, celebrities, and ordinary people seek absolution on talk shows, McNamara has never publicly apologized for either Japan or Vietnam. "At first I thought McNamara's failure to apologize was a weakness of the book [1995's "In Retrospect," which inspired "Fog of War"]; now I think that it is one of his strengths," writes Morris in his director's statement. "It is much more difficult to analyze the causes of error than apologize for it."

McNamara's perspective on his past is hard-won. And although he nimbly deflected Danner's attempts to elicit his comments on the present, it was clear that he wanted the packed Zellerbach Hall audience to learn from his mistakes Ñ not from him. At 87, he simply belongs to a generation that equated patriotism with unquestioning loyalty to one's President and government: an idea that for younger generations has been tarnished by the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, Monicagate, and other scandals.

read the rest at the Berkely site. including the stuff on what he says about Iraq!
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ahhh found it.
i'm so stoked someone got him expressing his views on current issues!




'It's just wrong what we're doing'

In an exclusive interview, repentant Vietnam War architect Robert McNamara breaks his silence on Iraq: The United States, he says, is making the same mistakes all over again

ByÊDOUG SAUNDERS
Saturday, January 24, 2004 - Page F3

'Yet we were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why."

With those words, written nine years ago, Robert McNamara began an extraordinary final phase of his career -- devoted to chronicling the errors, delusions and false assumptions that turned him into the chief architect and most prominent promoter of the Vietnam war.

No historic figure has put so much effort into self-examination: At the age of 87, he has now written three very detailed and analytical books, and starred in one very good movie, devoted to the fundamental mistakes that led the United States into the most politically costly and least successful war in its history.

What, then, does he think about Iraq? Until now, the former secretary of defence has avoided comment on the actions of that job's current occupant, Donald Rumsfeld. The two are often compared to each other in their autocratic leadership styles and in their technocratic, numbers-driven approaches to war. And their wars, of course, are often likened. But Robert McNamara has insisted in staying out of the fray.

He decided to break his silence on Iraq when I called him up the other day at his Washington office. I told him that his carefully enumerated lists of historic lessons from Vietnam were in danger of being ignored. He agreed, and told me that he was deeply frustrated to see history repeating itself.

"We're misusing our influence," he said in a staccato voice that had lost none of its rapid-fire engagement. "It's just wrong what we're doing. It's morally wrong, it's politically wrong, it's economically wrong."

While he did not want to talk on the record about specific military decisions made Mr. Rumsfeld, he said the United States is fighting a war that he believes is totally unnecessary and has managed to destroy important relationships with potential allies. "There have been times in the last year when I was just utterly disgusted by our position, the United States' position vis-à-vis the other nations of the world."

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