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The same attributes that make sanctions effective can also make them difficult to unwind. That poses a big problem: If Washington can't ease the pressure when states comply with its demands, it can't expect to achieve its most important goals.
Retired military officers have played a serious role in this presidential election, endorsing candidates and appearing at campaign events. With their experience, they bring expertise to the public discussion, but their involvement is threatening one of the most cherished principles of the U.S. military: its independence from partisan politics.
Gelpi, Feaver and Reifler take apart the simplistic view that support for a war goes down as casualties go up.