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A Linguistic Study of Bush's Poltical Speeches During Iraqi Crisis

  • Date Submitted: 09/13/2011 02:31 AM
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Introduction
  The very beginning of the 21st century witnessed a number of very dramatic   incidents, the most significant of which was September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York. In the months following the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the United States, the ethos of the Presidency allowed George W. Bush to fetch the issue of Iraq to the forefront of world discourse, portending the American intent to use hard power to uproot Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
  Bush's strategy was and remained the creation of the image of a new opposing pole in order to justify American unipolar hegemony. The persuasive influences employed by the President were a troubling concoction for much of the world audience; the dissonance displayed was rooted not in the justice of the war, but rather in the overt justification of American hegemony. The raw display of American power on the persuasive front and in Iraq, dictating action rather than successfully persuading doubters of its prudence, won the day.   However, it indeed may have been somewhat of a political and philosophical Pyrrhic victory, auguring greater political troubles ahead for the United States of America.
  Iraq now has emerged as the new epicenter for international terrorism. The US engagement in Iraq has seriously jeopardized the global terrorism campaign and further radicalized the Muslim world against America. The magnitude of the resistance in Iraq against US-led forces has completely overturned Washington’s strategic calculus for the Middle East, which saw regime change in Iraq as a precursor for a strategic transformation of the Middle East. How the United States responds to the challenge in Iraq will be a major test of US resolve and willingness to meet the challenges of being the sole superpower.
  Bush expected that with the emergence of a “free and self-governing Iraq,” terrorists would be deprived of a base of operation. It would “discredit their ideology” and “give momentum to...

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