The Strategic Approach

The Strategic Approach - The Strategic Approach I This past...

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The Strategic Approach I. This past weekend – deadliest attack on US troops from Taliban – surprise attack in rural setting A. Can't pull out in response to attack – makes enemy think that what they are doing is making you pull out – even if you had been planning to do so all along B. Small victory for Taliban – gains public support II. Strategic approach – book by Pape III. Main Assumptions A. Organized phenomenon i. Doesn’t see suicide bomber as important thing – they are the missile, the weapon – the actors that are important are the organizations B. Mostly campaigns i. Suicide attacks not scattered all over the place – they happen in specific places which Pape calls campaigns ii. Suicide attacks happen in a certain time in a conflict – they aren’t here to last forever C. Used mostly against democracies i. Public opinion directly effects policy in democracies ii. What are we fighting for? – Vietnam – led to withdraw of US troops iii. Most US fights are because US is a super power – not in recent history has a battle happened on US soil iv. Democracies vulnerable because fighting far away – questions are bad for
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