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Selling a 'Just' War
Framing, Legitimacy, and US Military Intervention
 
 
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14 Feb 2012
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Michael J. Butler uses Just War theory to analyze how the decision to go to war was framed for public consumption in three recent U.S. military interventions: the Gulf War, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. He shows how presenting operations as legitimate and virtuous has proven to be a highly salient, adaptable, and therefore effective mechanism for manufacturing societal support. This crucial component of foreign policy allows the President to sustain an effective monopoly over war decisions for the continued primacy of military force in U.S.


Description

Michael J. Butler uses Just War theory to analyze how the decision to go to war was framed for public consumption in three recent U.S. military interventions: the Gulf War, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. He shows how presenting operations as legitimate and virtuous has proven to be a highly salient, adaptable, and therefore effective mechanism for manufacturing societal support. This crucial component of foreign policy allows the President to sustain an effective monopoly over war decisions for the continued primacy of military force in U.S.


Reviews

'Michael Butler's book provides a fascinating look at the ways in which major U.S. military interventions since the end of the cold war have been framed as "just wars" for purposes of selling their legitimacy to domestic audiences. The in-depth examinations of the manner in which U.S. military interventions against Iraq, Serbia and Afghanistan were framed for domestic consumption are compelling and insightful.' - David Kinsella, Portland State University, USA

'With a truly novel and engaging analytical focus, Butler's impressive scholarly achievement foregrounds how US foreign policy elites have politicized Just War frames. With important theoretical insights and rock-solid case studies, this book will make an impact on the fields of IR theory, International Ethics, Foreign Policy Analysis and International Security.' – Brent J. Steele, University of Kansas, USA

'Michael Butler shows for the first time how modern leaders utilise the Just War tradition and how these ancient ideas can enable - and sometimes inhibit - modern political action. Combining methodological rigour, a deep understanding of the ethical and political issues at stake and erudite reasoning, he takes the study of Just War thinking to a new level by showing how it operates in practice.' - Alex J. Bellamy, Griffith Asia Institute, Australia


Contents

Introduction
Entering the Just War 'Conversation'
Framing, Foreign Policy, and Just Wars
Analyzing the Just War Frame
The Gulf War: Desert Shield, Desert Storm
Kosovo: Allied Force and the Noble Anvil
Afghanistan: Enduring Freedom and Infinite Justice
Conclusion: Selling a Just War


Authors

MICHAEL J. BUTLER Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clark University, USA. He is the author of International Conflict Management (2009).