Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force / Edition 1

Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force / Edition 1

by Peter D. Feaver, Christopher Gelpi
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691124272

ISBN-13: 9780691124278

Pub. Date: 08/22/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

America's debate over whether and how to invade Iraq clustered into civilian versus military camps. Top military officials appeared reluctant to use force, the most hawkish voices in government were civilians who had not served in uniform, and everyone was worried that the American public would not tolerate casualties in war. This book shows that this

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America's debate over whether and how to invade Iraq clustered into civilian versus military camps. Top military officials appeared reluctant to use force, the most hawkish voices in government were civilians who had not served in uniform, and everyone was worried that the American public would not tolerate casualties in war. This book shows that this civilian-military argument—which has characterized earlier debates over Bosnia, Somalia, and Kosovo—is typical, not exceptional. Indeed, the underlying pattern has shaped U.S. foreign policy at least since 1816. The new afterword by Peter Feaver and Christopher Gelpi traces these themes through the first two years of the current Iraq war, showing how civil-military debates and concerns about sensitivity to casualties continue to shape American foreign policy in profound ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691124278
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2005
Edition description:
With a New afterword by the authors
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES vii
PREFACE xi
CHAPTER ONE
Introduction 1
CHAPTER TWO
The Civil-Military Opinion Gap over the Use of Force 21
CHAPTER THREE
The Impact of Elite Veterans on American Decisions to Use Force 64
CHAPTER FOUR
Casualty Sensitivity and Civil-Military Relations 95
CHAPTER FIVE
Exploring the Determinants of Casualty Sensitivity 149
CHAPTER SIX
Conclusion 184
REFERENCES 215
NAME INDEX 229
SUBJECT INDEX 233

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