Earlier I reviewed Gordon Goldstein’s excellent book, Lessons in Disaster, on this blog. Goldstein, I said, gave us a riveting portrayal of Kennedy’s National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy and his involvement in the Vietnam War.
It’s a story about crippling ego, blind vision, group-think, and arrogance.
Still, Goldstein paints a fair and balanced portrait of Bundy and attempts to show two sides of Bundy’s character.
In the video below Goldstein continues his conversation about McGeorge Bundy and draws parallels to recent developments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He argues that we can learn from the mistakes that led to the confusion and bloodshed in the Vietnam War if we begin to analyze the fallibility of individual and group decisions.