Paying the human costs of war : American public opinion and casualties in military conflicts / Christopher Gelpi, Peter D. Feaver, Jason Reifler.
By: Gelpi, Christopher.
Contributor(s): Feaver, Peter | Reifler, Jason Aaron.Material type: TextPublisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, Copyright date: ©2009Description: xiv, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780691139029 (cloth : acid-free paper); 0691139024 (cloth : acid-free paper); 9780691139081 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 0691139083 (pbk. : acid-free paper).Report number: 2008937647Subject(s): United States -- Military policy -- Public opinion | War casualties -- United States -- Public opinion | War and society -- United States | Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Public opinion | Public opinion -- United States | Battle casualties Public opinion History 20th century | Battle casualties Public opinion History 21st century | Public opinion United States History 20th century | Public opinion United States History 21st century | United States Military policyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Paying the human costs of war.DDC classification: 355.02 LOC classification: UA23 | .G535 2009Other classification: 15.87 | 7,26 | MG 70100
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-282) and index.
Theories of American attitudes toward warfare -- America's tolerance for casualties, 1950-2006 -- Measuring individual attitudes toward military conflict -- Experimental evidence on attitudes toward military conflict -- Individual attitudes toward the Iraq War, 2003-2004 -- Iraq the vote: war and the presidential election of 2004 -- The sources and meaning of success in Iraq -- Conclusion.
The book finds that the most important consideration for the public is the expectation of success. If the public believes that a mission will succeed, the public will support it even if the costs are high. When the public does not expect the mission to succeed, even small costs will cause the withdrawal of support. Providing a wealth of new evidence about American attitudes toward military conflict, Paying the Human Costs of War offers insights into a controversial, timely, and ongoing national discussion.