Cover, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

Illustrations

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p. ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

While waiting for a plane in Kansas City in 2006, my reading was interrupted by an adjacent gentle man who observed aloud, “Your eyes need to be balanced.” I was immediately intrigued by this observation because my eyesight indeed had been giving me...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvii

I would like to start by thanking the Lord for bringing all the people acknowledged here into my life. It is humbling to reflect upon how many hands and minds were brought together over distant time and space to create this book...

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1. Defining and Challenging the Vietnam Syndrome

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pp. 1-18

On 20 January 1981, Ronald Wilson Reagan was sworn in as the fortieth president of the United States. While every orderly transfer of power is a testament to the American democratic system, this inauguration possessed its own dramatic...

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2. A Short Primer on Domestic Political Realities

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pp. 19-32

While Ronald Reagan and the key leaders in his administration may not have entered office with a codified doctrine regarding when and how to use military power as a tool of statecraft, they did arrive with strong...

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3. The Casey Doctrine: Using Proxy Forces in Central America

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pp. 33-59

One of the Reagan administration’s first foreign-policy challenges arose in Central America, a situation inherited from the Carter years. As officials attempted to gain flexibility for action by reducing legal...

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4. The Pentagon Doctrine: Using American Military Power Decisively in Lebanon

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pp. 60-83

Even as the Reagan administration wrestled with policy for Central America, it also faced decisions for a different region halfway around the world—the Middle East. In keeping with his promise to provide leadership on the international...

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5. The Shultz Doctrine: Using American Military Power to Support Diplomacy

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pp. 84-112

In 1981, during the early weeks of the Reagan administration, Secretary of Defense Weinberger argued that domestic political realities made it unwise to use military power to overtly coerce Cuba. Specifically, he contended that public...

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6. The Weinberger Doctrine: A New Pattern for Civil-Military Relations

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pp. 113-142

As the Reagan administration worked to relate military power and diplomacy to achieve its policy objectives in Lebanon, a formal reappraisal of its strategy occurred in two instances, resulting in adjustments to the manner in...

Notes

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pp. 143-214

Bibliography

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pp. 215-239

Index

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pp. 241-250

Back Cover

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