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3.4.08 A. Why the focus on Start? If the president has such an important rhetorical role throughout conflict, why the emphasis on the start In this case b/c it’s the beginning of a new metanarrative o Beginning of other wars (Vietnam, Korea, etc.) isn’t as important as the conflict as a whole o This conflict 9-11 is the beginning of a new metanarrative (war on terror) What is the war on terror, who is bin laden, al quaeda, etc. II. Requests for congressional authorization Problems w/ the Campbell & Jamison article o More than just a good article, it’s a classic in the field o (CINC = commander in chief) o Wrong about CINC powers o Treat presidential war rhetoric as if it were only a single point in time o When public support goes, so does congressional support Congress follows the public Loss of congressional support endangers funding Loss of funding usually means failure Presidency that includes a failed military op is usually considered a failed presidency. Perception of failure is the same as actual failure Remember context of the article o 1990 – written before desert storm doesn’t take desert storm into account before desert storm there was a debate in congress about whether to use force against Iraq last real robust congressional debate over whether to use force.
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  • Spring '09
  • Dauber
  • President of the United States, Congressional Authorization, congressional support, congressional support endangers

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