Naval War College Review


Jan van Tol


Jeffrey Record is professor of strategy and international security at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base. He is the author of four books and nu- merous monographs on U.S. military strategy and has extensive Capitol Hill experience, including service as a pro- fessional staffer for the Senate Armed Services Committee. This work assesses how the experiences of Munich and Vietnam influenced presidential decisions on the use of force in every administration from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton. Both Munich and Vietnam are regularly invoked in current political debate in an attempt to justify a viewpoint, especially since the Cold War foreign policy consensus has broken down in recent Color profile: Disabled Composite Default screen years. The terms have become short- hand for “appeasement” and “quag- mire.”