Poli 007 Spring 2015: Quiz #5

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Poli 007 Spring 2015: Quiz #5

This one is about the DoD/military establishment and its role in foreign policy-making.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What does it mean to say that after the Second World War, the U.S. established "civilian control over the military?"
    • A. 

      A conscript system was introduced

    • B. 

      The military became mostly made up of citizen militias

    • C. 

      A politically-appointed Secretary of Defense position was created

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 2. 
    The first Gulf War ("Operation Desert Storm") was critical for all of the following reasons except:
    • A. 

      It restored credibility and prestige to a demoralized military

    • B. 

      It showed the power of modern military technology

    • C. 

      It helped shape the Powell doctrine

    • D. 

      It showed the importance of counterinsurgency tactics (COIN)

  • 3. 
    Why do many of the generals in the documentary "The War Generals" express frustration with Donald Rumsfeld?
    • A. 

      They feel that he made decisions as a civilian leader that set the U.S. military up for failure in Iraq

    • B. 

      They are angry that he lied about the presence of WMD in Iraq

    • C. 

      They are generally predisposed to dislike Republican political leaders

    • D. 

      None of these are true

  • 4. 
    Based on readings, films, and lectures identify which of the following is not a reason that the U.S. military failed to stabilize Iraq between 2003-2007? 
    • A. 

      The U.S. military was not well equipped to handle tasks like policing

    • B. 

      The U.S. military was not prepared to fight an insurgency

    • C. 

      The U.S. military did not have the cultural and linguistic knowledge necessary to understand and work with Iraqis

    • D. 

      The U.S. military was undermined in Iraq by other agencies, such as the State Department

  • 5. 
    What might Colin Powell say about the current fight against ISIS, based on his doctrine?
    • A. 

      Have we clearly defined our objectives? Do we have a strategy in Iraq and Syria after ISIS is defeated?

    • B. 

      The U.S. should have acted alone rather than trying to build a coalition--the delay allowed ISIS to grow in strength.

    • C. 

      We should make sure that the ISIS fight reflects American ideals, as well as interests.

    • D. 

      He wouldn't say any of these based on his doctrine.

  • 6. 
    Bacevich and Eugene Jarecki (the director of "Why We Fight") might say all of the following about what this photo and its depicts except:
    • A. 

      It reminds us that U.S.-based manufacturers of military equipment have a vested interest in keeping military spending high because they profit from it.

    • B. 

      It shows one key part of the military-industrial complex

    • C. 

      It shows why congress members of both parties support the military

    • D. 

      It shows all of these things

  • 7. 
    Bacevich and Fallows highlight all of the following aspects of militarism except:
    • A. 

      High military spending

    • B. 

      Outsized reverence for the military

    • C. 

      Bipartisan support for military spending

    • D. 

      Support by top US generals for additional wars, such as Libya

  • 8. 
    What function of the U.S. military does this photo most likely depict?
    • A. 

      AFRICOM military-to-military cooperation

    • B. 

      AFRICOM enaging in stability and reconstruction operations (SRO)

    • C. 

      AFRICOM engaging in counterterrorism training

    • D. 

      It could be any of the above

  • 9. 
    Which of the following statements about the U.S. military not true?
    • A. 

      Military officers care a lot about promotion and career advancement

    • B. 

      The top military brass tends to act in an insubordinate manner to their political bosses when it comes to foreign policy matters

    • C. 

      The military is cautious about entering foreign wars but when it is asked to enter them it wants to make sure that it can succeed and finish the job

    • D. 

      The military does not always look at issues through the lens of broad diplomatic goals

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is an example of a combatant command?
    • A. 

      AFRICOM

    • B. 

      JSOC

    • C. 

      DoD

    • D. 

      CIA