Accession Number : AD1046395

Title :   Minding the Factors of Public Support: How Lessons From Panama Could Prevent Future Iraqs

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Handlan,Michael S ; Salazar,Michael D

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Report Date : 01 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : This thesis poses the question Under what conditions can the United States government gain and maintain public support for the use of force? and contends that public support for the use of force is a byproduct of the interactions among four factors: the articulation of clearly defined political objectives; an appropriate strategy to enable the accomplishment of those political objectives; proper strategic cooperation; and the perceived legitimacy of the conflict. To demonstrate how national-level decision-makers can gain and maintain public support for the use of force, by appropriately addressing these factors, this thesis compares Operations Just Cause and Promote Liberty in Panama with Operation Iraqi Freedom. In both instances, the United States sought regime change and many of the key decision-makers were the same. Yet, the United States fared much better in Panama than Iraq. A closer examination of our four factorspolicy, strategy, strategic cooperation, and legitimacyhelps explain why.

Descriptors :   military operations , panama , Iraq , policies , strategy , CIVIL AFFAIRS , united states government , lessons learned , history

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE