Hitting First: Preventive Force in U.S. Security Strategy

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William Walton Keller, Gordon R. Mitchell
University of Pittsburgh Pre, 2006 - Всего страниц: 360

The U.S. war in Iraq was not only an intelligence failure—it was a failure in democratic discourse.  Hitting First offers a critical analysis of the political dialogue leading up to the American embrace of preventive war as national policy and as the rationale for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Taking as its point of departure the important distinction between preemptive and preventive war, the contributors examine how the rhetoric of policy makers conflated these two very different concepts until the public could no longer effectively distinguish between a war of necessity and a war of choice.

Although the book focuses on recent events, Hitting First takes into consideration the broader historical, ethical, and legal context of current American policies. Precedents are examined for preventive military action based on conventional as well as nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons threats. The authors also consider recent examples of the rhetoric of “humanitarian intervention,” which have tended to undermine traditional notions of national sovereignty, making purportedly “morally justifiable” actions easier to entertain.  Intelligence gathering and its use, manipulation, and distortion to suit policy agendas are also analyzed, as are the realities of the application of military force, military requirements to sustain a policy of preventive war, and post-conflict reconstruction.

Hitting First presents a timely and essential view of the lessons learned from the failures of the Iraqi conflict, and offers a framework for avoiding future policy breakdowns through a process of deliberative public and governmental debate within a free market of ideas. The critiques and prescriptions offered here provide a unique and valuable perspective on the challenges of formulating and conduct of national security policy while sustaining the principles and institutions of American democracy. This collection will appeal to students and scholars of American foreign policy, international relations, political communication, and ethics.

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Preemption Prevention Prevarication
3
Preventive Attacks against Nuclear Biological and Chemical Weapons Programs
27
The Curious Case of Kofi Annan George W Bush and the Preemptive Military Force Doctrine
45
By Any Measures Necessary NSC68 AND COLD WAR ROOTS OF THE 2002 NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY
70
Public Discourse Justifying Use of Preventive Force
91
Strategic Doctrine Public Debate and the Terror War
93
Deliberate before Striking First?
115
On Justifying the First Blow
137
Military Capabilities in Preventive Military Strategy
175
A Sheep in Wolfs Clothing? FRANCES STRUGGLE WITH PREVENTIVE FORCE
199
Outlook
215
Promoting Practical Alternatives to Preventive Force in the Wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom
217
Preventive Force UNTANGLING THE DISCOURSE
239
NOTES
265
REFERENCES
315
CONTRIBUTORS
347

From Boardroom to Battlefield
151
Intelligence in Preventive Military Strategy
153

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William W. Keller is Wesley W. Posvar Professor of International Security Studies and director of the Matthew B. Ridgeway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Gordon R. Mitchell is associate professor of communication and director of debate at the University of Pittsburgh.

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