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

Author: Peter D Feaver; Christopher Gelpi
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2011] ©2003
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : English : With a New afterword by the authorsView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Feaver; Christopher Gelpi
ISBN: 9781400841455 1400841453
OCLC Number: 1054879172
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : 11 line illus. 31 tables.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Figures and Tables --
Preface --
Chapter One. Introduction --
Chapter Two. The Civil-Military Opinion Gap Over the Use of Force --
Chapter Three. The Impact of Elite Veterans on American Decisions to Use Force --
Chapter Four. Casualty Sensitivity and Civil-Military Relations --
Chapter Five. Exploring the Determinants of Casualty Sensitivity --
Chapter Six. Conclusion --
References --
Afterword --
Name Index --
Subject Index
Responsibility: Christopher Gelpi, Peter D. Feaver.
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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.

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