Due to the semantic field of fear and terror running throughout the discourses of Bush and Blair their choice of lexis is crucial in conveying their political ideologies. The introduction of Bush’s speech was of dire importance. Antithesis is being used within the first sentence; Bush begins his discourse “… Our fellow citizens, our way of life…”, and then ends with “deadly terrorist acts”. Due to the contrasting image portrayed listeners feel their “way of life”, they, as individuals and citizens of America are at threat, of “deadly and deliberate terrorist attacks”. This further promotes the global normalisation of terrorism and the “War on terror”.
‘War on terror’ essay On September 11th, the infamous terrorist organisation known as Al Qaeda committed an act of war against America. George Bush’s ‘war on terror’ speech declared war against all terrorist group committees with utter anger and disparagement. To illustrate this, George Bush has strongly depicted Al Qaeda as iniquitous freedom haters, meanwhile, the Americans as victims of war. Bush then presents his own solution describing it as the only method that best helps not only American citizens, but the world’s nations as well. In George Bush’s ‘war on terror’ speech, George Bush has strongly depicted Al Qaeda as iniquitous freedom haters.
First, he became a more focused and more disciplined version of Bush when it came to counter terrorism policy: He killed Osama bin Laden, pulverized al Qaeda, and has so far prevented another attack on the continental United States. Protecting the homeland is the organizing principle of a nation's foreign policy. If you can't do that, you really don't need a foreign policy. Second, Obama committed himself to (and is succeeding in) extricating America from the two longest wars in our history -- wars that were among our most pointless, given what we sacrificed and what we've gotten in return. Third, he kept us out of new ones.
Due to the events of the 11th September 2001 the USA began its war on terror, and specifically targeted was George Bush’s ‘axis of evil’ which included; Iran, Iraq and North Korea. The USA used their war on terror so to legitimise their actions worldwide thus destroying any hopes for a post cold war collective international security, therefore basing their response to international aggression on protecting their own national interests. This is seen with the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. Together with Britain they acted unilaterally in order to remove the al-Qaeda and capture bin Laden, who was the prime suspect for the 9/11 attacks. The USA believed its actions were justified by labelling them as self defence under Article 51 of the UN charter.
The overall threat both presidents insist exists is that “terrorists,” Osama bin Laden in particular (Bush, 2005), or “aggressors,” a faceless enemy simply referred to as “he” (Johnson, 1967), will “threaten the peace of the entire region and perhaps the world” (Johnson, 1967), “by toppling governments, by driving us out of the region, and by exporting terror” (Bush, 2005). The threat is real, as both speeches enumerate repeatedly: We must “defeat them abroad before they attack us at home” (Bush, 2005), because “if they are not checked now the world can expect to pay a greater price to check them later” (Johnson, 1967). Fear of the enemy is verified in describing him as “waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to take” (Bush, 2005), because “we are dealing with a stubborn adversary who is committed to the use of force and terror to settle political questions” (Johnson, 1967). To
ASSIGNMENT QUESTION: The following is the text of a letter that U.S. President George H. Bush sent to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on January 9th, shortly before the start of the 1991 Gulf War. In a unified and coherent essay, analyze the letter, making specific and detailed reference to the principles of expository and/or persuasive writing that we have studied in the course. Mr. President, 1. We stand today at the brink of war between Iraq and the world. This is a war that began with your invasion of Kuwait; this is a war that can be ended only by Iraq’s full and unconditional compliance with UN Security Council resolution 678.
Iraq was left out on its own to fend off the world. This war turned out to be Sadaam vs. the world. Countries felt threatened by the mere existence of this man Sadaam considering him a menace to society. Sadaam proved over again that he was after land first invading Iran and then taking over Kuwait. When Sadaam took over Kuwait he was after the Kuwaiti Oil.
Likewise, it al-lows operational planners to determine CV-s of friendly and enemy’s forces needed for successful operation (Laanemets, 2014 p. 4). On the other hand, some critics still argue that Strange simply converts CoG into centres of CC-s and this methodology tends not to support today’s complex environment composed of nodes (tangible el-ements such as people, materiel and facilities) and links (intangible elements such as ideology, political behaviour and command relationships) (Evans, 2012 pp.
The gulf war actually reversed an over decade long trend of neutrality. “American foreign policy toward Iraq during the 1980s and up to the invasion of Kuwait was conciliatory, guided by the belief that the U.S. shared geopolitical and strategic interests with Saddam Hussein. America's primary interest was restraining Iran and maintaining a balance of power in the region favorable to American interests, particularly oil, technology, and agriculture. Secondary interests included the security of Israel and the containment of Soviet influence.” Scholar’s like Karen Mingst and Ivan Arreguin-Toft would
Iraq Prison Scandal In the year 2003 The Bush administration justified and led the American people into war with Iraq. The White house reported claims that Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction and that the people of Iraq were living under brutal dictatorship from their leader. Ostensibly the war was to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction and eviscerate and remnants of Alqaeda and its affiliates. The war mongers of both sides (democrats and republicans), wanted someone or something to blame for 9/11. After selling their lies and plans for the war to the America people, congress had given President Bush carte blanche to bring justice to those who caused pain and destruction on American soil.