Military Force as An Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy: Intervention in Lebanon, August 1982-February 1984

Synopsis

Although over six years have passed since the Lebanon intervention ended, American leaders appear to be no closer to an appreciation of what went wrong than they were in 1984. Hallenbeck's authoritative account of the American military disaster in Lebanon fills this significant void. The author's ultimate purpose is to suggest that conclusions derived from the study of the Lebanon intervention may be relevant both to an understanding of the past and to future attempts to achieve limited ends through the measured application of military force. This study goes a long way toward explicating the factors that contributed most to this foreign policy failure.