Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Madison's NightmareHow Executive Power Threatens American Democracy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Peter M. Shane

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226749396

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226749426.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 28 February 2021

Iraq and the (Unlearned) Lessons of Vietnam: Presidentialism and the Pathologies of Unilateral Policy Making

Iraq and the (Unlearned) Lessons of Vietnam: Presidentialism and the Pathologies of Unilateral Policy Making

Chapter:
(p.56) 3 Iraq and the (Unlearned) Lessons of Vietnam: Presidentialism and the Pathologies of Unilateral Policy Making
Source:
Madison's Nightmare
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226749426.003.0003

This chapter looks at the making of foreign and military policy, with special reference to the national experience in Vietnam and Iraq. The decision making that Robert McNamara describes misjudged the “geopolitical intentions” of America's adversaries, misperceived the motivations of the leaders of South Vietnam, underestimated the importance of nationalism as a force driving the Viet Cong effort, and exaggerated the likely benefits to be realized from the superior equipment and fire power. His autobiography determines at least six obstacles to sound executive branch policy making process that were of key significance throughout the Vietnam debacle. Aside from the Cambodia catastrophe, Congress provided sufficient authorization for virtually every aspect of the Vietnam War to address all constitutional requirements, and Congress likewise enacted resolutions authorizing the use of military force in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Keywords:   foreign policy, military policy, Vietnam, Iraq, Robert McNamara, policy making, Cambodia, Congress, Vietnam War, Afghanistan

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.