March 9, 2010
Paper #2: Rhetorical Analysis
On September 11, the event that changed the United States happened, the 9-11
These extreme terrorist attacks changed everything about how we as
Americans look at society, governance, and freedom.
The president at the time,
George W. Bush, tried to influence the general public that the best way possible to fight
back against terrorism was pre-emptive first strike.
To some, this matter was a bit too
extreme, like the prestigious law professor, Richard Falk.
Falk critiques the speech that
Bush gives because of the new policy and doctrine that his speech lays out.
though both have separate points of view, George Bush and Richard Falk are both
effective in their essays and responses, but only to their respective audiences.
George W. Bush, in his speech to the graduates of West Point Military Academy
in 2002, already has some credibility or ethos to speak on the topic of pre-emptive first
When this speech was given in 2002, Bush was already serving as the United
States Commander in Chief, a position of high authority, and the tragic attack on
America on September 11, 2001 had just happened nine months prior.
president, he would have the authority, with the help of Congress and the Supreme
Court, to declare war on Iraq because of the September 11
because he has the authority to do so does not mean that he has the experience to
logically think that this decision would be the best one for the country.
George Bush only spent a short amount of time in service with the military in the Air
Force, but even then, controversy surrounded him about whether or not he actually
completed his time of service as it was brought up during his presidency about his