To Fight or Not to Fight: War’s Payoffs to U.S. Leaders and to the American People
By Robert Higgs
This article appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of The Independent Review

U.S. presidents have led the American people into a host of bloody and costly wars, even though the only foreign power to have posed an existential threat to the nation was the Soviet Union during the Cold War. A president’s decision to go to war can be illuminated by means of a simple diagram.

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