Little by little, we went insane

“It was begun in good faith, by decent people, out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence, and Cold War miscalculation. And it was prolonged because it seemed easier to muddle through than admit that it had been caused by tragic decisions made by five American Presidents belonging to both political parties.”

  • Peter Coyote (narrator), The Vietnam War, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.


The Vietnam War is both the most powerful film Burns has produced, and the most despairing. There’s no optimism here, no moments of lyricism.. By the end of the fascinating, sometimes wrenchingly hard to watch 18 hours, it’s impossible to regard the Vietnam War as anything other than an agonizing failure, one that taught Americans to be cynical about a government that lied to them, sent Americans off to risk their lives, and made one costly bad decision after another.”

  • Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian.


If it looks like insanity, smells like insanity, tastes like insanity, feels like insanity and struts about barking, “This is insanity”, then perhaps it might just be insanity.

We were in the jungle. We had too much money. We had too much equipment. And little by little, we went insane.

Not the words of Mario Draghi – yet. Nor of Jerome Powell, Mark Carney or Haruhiko Kuroda – yet. They are the words of film director Francis Ford Coppola in relation to his magnum opus, Apocalypse Now, a film that so outrageously exploded beyond its budget and beyond any reasonable compass that during its making it started being referred to as Apocalypse Later..

Little by little, we went insane