President Roosevelt's Recall of General Stilwell from China: A Military Casualty of Bureaucratic Politics
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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President Franklin Roosevelts recall of General Joseph Stilwell from the China-Burma-India Theater in 1944 occurred as a result of governmental bureaucratic politics. The Presidents recall decision was the culmination of a three-year dispute between the War Department and the President over the optimal military objectives to support Roosevelts political objectives for China during World War II. This research paper will analyze the Presidents decision within the framework of Graham T. Allisons Governmental Politics Paradigm. The model views government decisions as products of compromise, conflict and confusion of officials with diverse interests and unequal power. Using Allisons model, the paper will examine the Presidents decision by presenting the players positions, preferences, compromises and actions which resulted in Stilwells ultimate recall.
- Government and Political Science