Sydney Schanberg

Sydney H. Schanberg reported on the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia for The New York Times and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in international journalism for his coverage "at great risk" in Cambodia in 1975. He is a former press critic at the The Village Voice.

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Soul on Ice

In The Fog of War , a revelatory new documentary about his life and times, a disquieted Robert McNamara implores us to understand why he did the things he did as an Air Force lieutenant colonel who helped plan the firebombing of Japanese cities in World War II, and, later, as a secretary of defense and pivotal decision-maker during Vietnam, which some Americans came to call "McNamara's War." In his 1995 memoir, In Retrospect , McNamara said of himself and the other architects of the Vietnam conflict, "[W]e were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why." But he prefaced this nostra culpa by explaining that their intentions had always been honorable. "We of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations who participated in the decisions on Vietnam acted according to what we thought were the principles and traditions of this nation," he wrote. He offers the same kind of ambidextrous explanations throughout The Fog of War documentary, which in a way functions as a...