Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force Peter D. Feaver

ISBN: 9780691115849

Published: December 28th 2003

Hardcover

256 pages


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Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force  by  Peter D. Feaver

Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force by Peter D. Feaver
December 28th 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 256 pages | ISBN: 9780691115849 | 9.18 Mb

Americas 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, andMoreAmericas 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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