The Recourse to War: An Appraisal of the 'Weinberger Doctrine'
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In recent years, a debate between the Secretaries of State and Defense focused on the moral justification necessary for the critical application of U.S. military force. Historically, those charged with the responsibility for maintaining the diplomatic affairs of state have been most reluctant to resort to the use of such force. Only after all other recourses have been exhausted would they agree to consider the commitment of military forces. On the other hand, those more directly charged with the defense of the country traditionally have been far more willing to exercise military power in the discharge of their responsibilities. Within the recent quest for viable criteria upon which to base such a decision there was, however, an unusual reversal. Keywords Weinberger doctrine Defense establishment U.S. Military force Military intervention Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.
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