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Unformatted text preview: ’7 Of particular importance to the cult of reputation is concern about the consequences of withdrawal from a theater of war. The major dictate of the cult of reputation is that a country should stand firm and refuse to withdraw from a theater of war. The underlying belief is that a withdrawal would inflict a severe blow to a country’s reputation and thus ‘‘embolden’’ the adversaries by boosting commitment and recruitment to their cause.8¶ Since the end of World War II, a cult of reputation has evolved among certain American policy makers who maintain that being a global power means being able to convey the image of strength and resolve.9 According to this perspective, a reputation for firmness and resoluteness deters adversaries and reassures allies about U.S. commitments . Conversely, being perceived as weak and irresolute encourages adversaries to be more aggressive and results in allies being less supportive.¶ This logic has had two general consequences for America’s use of force abroad: First, exhibiting resolve has been deemed necessary even...
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