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Ends and Means in the Democratic Conversation: Understanding the Role of Casualties in Support for U.S. Military Operations

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Publication Date: January 1996

Publisher(s): Pardee Rand Graduate School

Author(s): Eric V. Larson

Topic: Military and defense (Military policy)

Type: Report

Abstract:

Currently, profound disagreements exist among political leaders over the circumstances in which the U.S. armed forces should be used to pursue U.S. policy objectives, and when the costs have become unacceptable. This dissertation addresses the role of casualties in public support for and attitudes toward such military interventions.