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Balance SheetThe Iraq War and U.S. National Security$
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John S. Duffield and Peter J. Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760133

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760133.001.0001

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The Iraq War and U.S. Public Opinion

The Iraq War and U.S. Public Opinion

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Balance Sheet
Clay Ramsay
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Iraq War on U.S. public opinion and highlights the influence of public opinion on the ways the U.S. government can pursue its national security interest. It discusses the result of studies which indicate that the broad majority orientation toward multilateralism is virtually unchanged and that the public rejects the idea of preventive war as a tool of policy. The chapter also offers some recommendations on how American political leaders and the policy community can deal with the constraints of public opinion.

Keywords:   Iraq War, public opinion, U.S. government, national security, multilateralism, preventive war, political leaders, policy community

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