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Somalia and the 'Body-Bag Myth' in American Politics.

Murray, Leonie (2007) Somalia and the 'Body-Bag Myth' in American Politics. International Politics, 44 . pp. 552-571. [Journal article]

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The purpose of this article is to afford a full explanation as to why the |[lsquo]|Somalia incident|[rsquo]| had such a massive impact on US politics and subsequent foreign policy decisions. Why did the raid elicit such a storm of criticism when similar operations such as Beirut (1983), Grenada (1983), Panama (1989), and the Gulf War (1991) did not? Was it because of a negative US public? Was it shock on the part of the Executive or Legislative Branches? Was it because of extreme pressure from one of America's most conservative power bases, the military? Or could it be, that sensing a potential threat to domestic concerns, a Clinton Administration, whose commitment to multilateralism was more diaphanous than dynamic, simply abandoned its policy to the spears, of its critics?

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:18322
Deposited By: Dr Leonie Murray
Deposited On:08 May 2011 08:18
Last Modified:08 May 2011 08:18

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