Pandora's Trap: Presidential Decision Making and Blame Avoidance in Vietnam and Iraq (Pandora's Trap)

Pandora's Trap: Presidential Decision Making and Blame Avoidance in Vietnam and Iraq (Pandora's Trap)

By: Thomas Preston (author)Paperback

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How important is presidential personality and leadership style in foreign policy decisions? To answer this question, Thomas Preston takes readers inside the Bush administration's decision-making process and use of intelligence to better understand how administration officials justified the Iraq War-and how they sought to avoid blame for the consequences of their actions.

About Author

THOMAS PRESTON is C.O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of The School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. He is a faculty research associate at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, New York, and at CRISMART (The National Center for Crisis Management, Research, and Training) at the Swedish National Defense College, Stockholm, Sweden. His current research involves a number of projects on nuclear/biological weapons proliferation, presidential leadership and leader-adviser interactions in foreign policy decision making, and the psychology of bioterrorism. He frequently serves as a consultant for various U.S. governmental departments and agencies. Dr. Preston has published numerous articles and books, including From Lambs to Lions, The President and His Inner Circle, and Introduction to Political Psychology.


Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: A Tale of Two Texans: the Leadership Styles of George W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson Chapter 3: The Politics of Blame Avoidance: Presidential Strategies for Surviving the Washington 'Blame Game' Chapter 4: Opening Pandora's Box: Blame Avoidance, 9/11, and the Push for War with Iraq Chapter 5: Opening Pandora's Box: Blame Avoidance During the Iraq War Chapter 6: Bush and Iraq: Revisiting the Vietnam Analogy Bibliography

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  • ISBN13: 9780742562646
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780742562646
  • weight: 390
  • ISBN10: 0742562646

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