Calculating Credibility: How Leaders Assess Military Threats

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Cornell University Press, 2005 - History - 218 pages

'Calculating Credibility' examines - and ultimately rejects - a fundamental belief held by the makers of American foreign policy and laypeople alike: the notion that backing down during a crisis reduces a country's future credibility. Press looks at the decision-making processes behind key events in history.


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Page 2 - If that commitment becomes unreliable, the communist world would draw conclusions that would lead to our ruin and almost certainly to a catastrophic war.
Page 2 - To sit by while Korea is overrun by unprovoked armed attack would start a disastrous chain of events leading most probably to world war.
Page 2 - Around the globe from Berlin to Thailand are people whose well-being rests in part on the belief that they can count on us if they are attacked. To leave Vietnam to its fate would shake the confidence of all these people in the value of an American commitment and in the value of America's word.

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