June 29, 2007
I was taken aback while watching the video documentary FOG OF WAR, a film about Robert McNammara, defense secretary under Kennedy and Johnson, when he was recounting the Cuban missile crisis, and later after a meeting with Fidel Castro, he made a gesture with his thumb and forefinger very close together as he said several times, "We came this close", to bringing the temple down on our heads. I was not unaware of how close we came to blowing ourselves up as all of America was, but it brought a chill to me as if it was a new revelation. This little video of Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, in the later years of his life feeling the weight of what he had wrought. But I suppose if he hadn't done the deed someone else certainly would have.