America the Vulnerable : Our Military Problems and How to by John F. Lehman, Harvey Sicherman

By John F. Lehman, Harvey Sicherman

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By 1950 Americans supported unprecedented military commitments abroad as well as the subsidization of Europe and Japan’s economic rebirth. All this occurred despite the eclipse of traditional warrior culture following the First World War. This remarkable transformation, which defied all linear predictions based upon the trends of the 1930s, underscores the role that leading statesmen played in redefining Americans’ conceptions of national security and reigniting their will to preserve it. The most impressive collection of American statesmen since the Founding Fathers led the Great Transformation.

For a debunking of the myth of the “CNN effect” in the Somalian case, see Larson, Casualties and Consensus, pp. 45–46, 71. See also Mueller, “The Common Sense,” pp. 83–85. 47 Steven Kull and I. M. : Brookings Institution Press, 1999), pp. 104–8; Tucker, “Fighting Barbarians,” p. 76; Burk, “Public Support for Peacekeeping in Lebanon and Somalia,” pp. 53–78. 65 AMERICA THE VULNERABLE coverage, Richard Sobel debunks the myth of a fundamentally weak American public will regarding the Bosnian conflict.

Sapolsky, “Come Home, America: The Strategy of Restraint in the Face of Temptation,” International Security, Spring 1997, pp. 5–48. 13 In a critical appraisal of over-reliance upon the RMA, Charles J. Dunlap Jr. argues that American adoption of the RMA conception of warfare will create vulnerabilities which a ruthless adversary will then exploit with ingenious asymmetric strategies. Such an enemy might focus upon undermining the weak American public will, for example, by transmitting on global television the mutilation of female prisoners of war.

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