Criticalanalysis - Adam Edison Critical Analysis 1st Draft President Obama has a very crucial decision to make on how to handle the war on terror

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Adam Edison Critical Analysis 1 st Draft 10/21/09 President Obama has a very crucial decision to make on how to handle the war on terror in Afghanistan. The article, ”Endurance Test,” published in the New York Times, and written by Roger Cohen discusses the importance of staying the course in Afghanistan and not sending more troops. Similarly the article, published in the USA Today , “ Why we can’t go small in Afghanistan,” Bruce Riedel and Michael O’Hanlon specify the importance of not using a counter terrorism approach in Afghanistan. The way in each argument is presented, makes both of them very reputable. The writers in both articles use evidence to support their claims and are very direct in pinpointing their stance on the issue. Also establishing credible sources that agree with each argument helps to make both articles very well written. Pointing out the naysayers and using language that is understandable to the average Americans were key components used in the writing of these articles. Taking care of naysayers was a key component used in the articles. Throughout “Why we can’t go small in Afghanistan,” Riedel and O’Hanlon refer what advocates for a counter terrorism approach would say in defense of the counter terrorism approach. Likewise, Roger Cohen replies to advocates for air attacks, “you can’t just take to the air, lighten the allied “footprint” and pick off terrorists.” Riedel and O’Hanlon use the same statement, when they discuss the importance of Afghan air base control. By using this tactic, the writers leave the opposition at a loss for words to argue back.
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2010 for the course LAW 4328 taught by Professor Yang during the Spring '10 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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Criticalanalysis - Adam Edison Critical Analysis 1st Draft President Obama has a very crucial decision to make on how to handle the war on terror

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