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3.6.08 Characteristics of presidential rhetoric, congressional authorization… two step process: exhortation and threat has to imperil the nation enemy has to be identified metanarrative US doesn’t use force unless there’s no other option o They started it o We’re reactive o Us bears no responsibility for the threat President’s power to cast (or recast) the situation… o Presidents can’t admit any fault of the US in a situation o Public memorials show what people value most present what’s important, create national identity US wars usually generative – we get something out of it o revolutionary war – we got independence o civil war – ended slavery, national unity o WWI – US emerged as a world power o WWII – US as one of two superpowers, no civilian casualties, every other country is mostly destroyed We go to war for principle, not to gain stuff Citizen soldiers o No warrior class o After wars, people go back to their jobs, homes, etc o Descendants of yeoman fighters in revolutionary war
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course COMM 001 taught by Professor Dauber during the Spring '09 term at UNC.

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