The Corporation Man

Watching the Erroll Morris film The Unknown Known, an interview with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, we are reminded that the Cold War initiated by President Truman in 1948 led to what I would call the parade of monsters and monstrosities at the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Pentagon. Having previously seen The Fog of War, Morris’ film interview of former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, I can only conclude that Cold War assumptions — characterized by the corporation man embodied in Rumsfeld and McNamara — inevitably promoted psychopaths like Rumsfeld and his protege Dick Cheney into positions of power.

Those assumptions, based on American religious and moral entitlement to global hegemony, emanate from both of these revealing documentaries.


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