Presidential Commissions and National Security

Presidential Commissions and National Security : The Politics of Damage Control

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Kenneth Kitts offers entry into the highly political, behind-closed-doors world of blue-ribbon investigative commissions convened in the aftermath of national security crises. Ranging from Pearl Harbor to the September 11 terrorist attacks, Kitts takes the reader into the "backroom" to watch as presidents, their advisers, and commission members confront an armory of pressures. With rich detail and accounts of political intrigue, he reveals just how and when presidents reach for the blue-ribbon option to try to defuse crises, deflect criticism, and maintain control of national security policy - and how presidential expectations are sometimes unmet, as commissions issue damning reports with unforeseen and explosive consequences.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 225 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 408.24g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588264041
  • 9781588264046

About Kenneth Kitts

Kenneth Kitts is associate provost and professor of political science at Francis Marion University.show more

Table of contents

Presidents and the Blue Ribbon Option.; The Politics of Infamy: The Roberts Commission and Pearl Harbor.; The Politics of Spying: The Rockefeller Commission and the CIA.; The Politics of Armaggedon: The Scowcroft Commission and the MX.show more

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"Demonstrates clearly, convincingly, and in fascinating detail that presidential commissions - from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 - are highly political creatures. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in how presidents try to avoid or limit congressional influence in times of foreign policy crises." - Richard W. Waterman, University of Kentucky "Very well written and documented.... A valuable reference for anyone interested in presidential commissions and the foreign policy problems that give rise to them." - Wayne P. Steger, DePaul University"show more

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