By John M. Schuessler
In Deceit at the highway to War, John M. Schuessler examines how U.S. presidents have deceived the yankee public approximately primary judgements of warfare and peace. Deception has been planned, he indicates, as presidents have sought to shift blame for battle onto others often times and oversell its advantages in others. Such deceit is a ordinary outgrowth of the democratic approach, in Schuessler's view, simply because elected leaders have robust incentives to maximise family aid for warfare and keep enormous skill to govern family audiences. they could take advantage of info and propaganda merits to border concerns in deceptive methods, cherry-pick helping facts, suppress destructive revelations, and another way skew the general public debate to their profit. those strategies are relatively powerful sooner than the outbreak of warfare, whilst the knowledge hole among leaders and the general public is greatest.
When resorting to deception, leaders take a calculated hazard that the end result of battle can be favorable, anticipating the general public to undertake a forgiving angle after victory is secured. the 3 situations featured within the book—Franklin Roosevelt and global warfare II, Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam warfare, and George W. Bush and the Iraq War—test those claims. Schuessler concludes that democracies should not as limited of their skill to visit struggle as we would think and that deception can't be governed out in all circumstances as opposite to the nationwide interest.
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Deceit on the Road to War: Presidents, Politics, and American Democracy (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) by John M. Schuessler