U.S. Intervention in Lebanon, 1958 and 1982: Presidential Decisionmaking

U.S. Intervention in Lebanon, 1958 and 1982: Presidential Decisionmaking

U.S. Intervention in Lebanon, 1958 and 1982: Presidential Decisionmaking

U.S. Intervention in Lebanon, 1958 and 1982: Presidential Decisionmaking

Synopsis

United States intervention in Lebanon in 1958 and 1982 is the subject of this comparative study, which contrasts the decision making of Presidents Eisenhower and Reagan and the quality and results of their choices. Among the topics discussed are the premises and rationale behind the leaders' policies, the events that shaped specific responses, how managerial style and cognition affect presidential decisions, and the resulting lessons that apply to crisis situations. Korbani also suggests ways to apply theory and decision models to the crises, and details major errors that could have been avoided and lessons that must be learned.

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I owe some people my sincere thanks for their time, support, and encouragement. Two persons in particular deserve special mention for their decisive help, Ronald De McLaurin, Ph.D., and Paul Jureidini, Ph.D., both Middle East experts. Dr. McLaurin read the entire manuscript, helped improve its readability, and offered the most valuable suggestions and criticism thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject. Dr. Jureidini is deeply thanked for his initiative. Without his help, this book would have not been possible. He introduced me to key government officials, both American and Lebanese, who were involved in the 1982 crisis. From the beginning of this book, both Ron and Paul were available when I needed them and always had information and leads to offer. I cannot express adequately the fullness of my gratitude.

My thanks go to my sisters, Mona, Marcelle, Madeleine, and Mireille, their husbands and children, and to my brothers, Elias and Abdo, for their moral and spiritual support across the miles. We all . . .

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