Military Influence And the Post-Vietnam Use of Force

  title={Military Influence And the Post-Vietnam Use of Force},
  author={David H. Petraeus},
  journal={Armed Forces & Society},
  pages={489 - 505}
The caricature of America's military leaders as cigar-chomping, table-pounding warmongers reflects a common assumption that during crises, the military, in Pavlovian fashion, urge the use of arms. Such stereotypes, however, have seldom held true; they are particularly unsupported by the evidence in the post-Vietnam era. An examination of the cases since 1973 in which the use of force was considered reveals that the military's voice in presidential counsels of war has been neither the most… Expand
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