Introduction

Having entered into its ninth year in March 2011, the conflict in Iraq is now America’s third longest war, behind only the Vietnam and Afghanistan conflicts, exceeding in length even the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War II. It has also established a record in another significant respect;...

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Published in: American Public Opinion on the Iraq War p. 1
Main Author: OLE R. HOLSTI
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Michigan Press 11-07-2011
Subjects:
Law
War
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Summary: Having entered into its ninth year in March 2011, the conflict in Iraq is now America’s third longest war, behind only the Vietnam and Afghanistan conflicts, exceeding in length even the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War II. It has also established a record in another significant respect; it has generated far more surveys of public attitudes than any previous conflict. Political scientist John Mueller described the 1991 Gulf War to expel Iraq from Kuwait as “the mother of all polling events,”¹ but it has long since relinquished that title to the conflict that began with a U.S.-led invasion
ISBN: 0472117041
9780472117048
DOI: 10.3998/mpub.1039750.5