Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War

Author
William G. Howell
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
128
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
Fall 2013
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
American wars waged by American presidents have come at such great cost. Repeatedly, our commanders - in - chief have failed to deliver on their inflated promises when deploying troops abroad. The events of war regularly have overtaken even the most - meticulous planning, hemming in the military and frustrating civilian commanders. When choosing and then conducting wars, presidents have either ignored or misinterpreted historical precedents. Fixated on the prerequisites of victory, meanwhile, presidents have not planned adequately for the peace, and have then watched the unraveling of their wartime accomplishments acquired with so much blood and treasure.
Topic
War
Political Geography
America