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Comm 387 Study Guide Hijacking Catastrophe

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COMM 387 STUDY GUIDE Film & Essays Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire FILM: Hijacking Catastrophe Intro: 1. How does Hermann Goering claim you can convince people to go to war? “All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” 2. According to Chalmers Johnson, what philosophy is shared between the Roman Empire and the current American empire? We no longer need friends; we don’t need national law; “It doesn’t matter whether they love us or not as long as they fear us” 3. How did neo-conservatives react to the fall of the Soviet Union? They saw it as an opportunity to build up its (US) size and scale; to use military force more aggressively and unilaterally; to construct a new unchallenged American empire Blueprint for Empire: 4. What is the Wolfowitz doctrine? New national security strategy; the US should dramatically increase defense spending; should be willing to take pre-emptive military action; should be willing to use military force unilaterally with or without allies 5. According to the Project for the New American Century, what would be required before Americans would support neo-conservative policies? ************“Absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor” Hijacking Fear: 6. According to Norman Solomon what is the Bush administration’s attitude towards fear? The only thing you have to fear is not enough fear 7. How did the Bush administration exploit the tragedy of 9/11? *******By playing on the fear of America; make it into a full-fledged struggle against good and evil; “you are either with us or against us” 8. What role did the media play in cultivating an attitude of fear? *******Inciting the very terror of America; which was the terrorist’s purpose 9. What was the major policy change in international relations that George Bush laid out in his speech at West Point? Wolfowitz doctrine was made an official US policy 10. What was the West Point speech a culmination of? A relentless campaign by radical conservatives; to change the very nature of American foreign policy; to use unrivaled American military power to shape the globe and the 21 st century itself in the image of the US; to create a “New American Century”
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Things Related and Not: 11. When George Bush assumed office in 2000 who did he bring in to key posts in his new administration? Neo-conservatives that were previously challenging Bill Clinton to act forcefully and remove Saddam Hussein from power 12. What did Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tell his staff to do immediately after the attacks of 9/11? Ordering aids to draw up plans for striking Iraq 13. What was the purpose of the Office of Special Plans?
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