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A Linguistic Study Of Bush's Poltical Speeches During Iraqi Crisis

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The very beginning of the 21st century witnessed a number of very dramatic incidents, the most significant of which was September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York. In the months following the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the United States, the ethos of the Presidency allowed George W. Bush to fetch the issue of Iraq to the forefront of world discourse, portending the American intent to use hard power to uproot Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Bush's strategy was and remained the creation of the image of a new opposing pole in order to justify American unipolar hegemony. The persuasive influences employed by the President were a troubling ...view middle of the document...

It would “discredit their ideology” and “give momentum to reformers across the region”. The manner of the US disengagement from Iraq will be a critical determinant shaping the future challenges from radical Islamist terrorism. If the United States undercuts its Iraq commitments and retreats under threats, this would embolden the terrorists that they have succeeded in defeating the world’s sole surviving super power with very adverse consequences all over the world.
Bush, the President of the United States, is the strongest person in the world, being the head of the only Super power in the world. Any one in power is likely to use a power language in talking to other people. Bush is supposed to use whatever language he likes; he uses power language for allies and threat language for enemies especially Iraq. When America wanted to attack Iraq, Bush used a certain type of language for allies to join the war on Iraq. For example, Bush said : "My friends come and fight against war and terror", "We must stand up for our security and for the permanent rights and hopes of mankind ","We turned to the urgent duty of protecting other lives without fear and illusion", "We must choose between a world of fear and a world of progress", "If we meet our responsibility and overcome this ganger, we can arrive at a very different future".
On the other hand, another type of language was used for addressing enemies especially Iraq. For example, Bush said: "Saddam Hussein is a threat to peace and must disarm"; "Saddam Hussein disarms himself","Iraq continues to commit extremely grave violation of human rights"; "Saddam Hussein's regime is a grave and gathering danger".
There were claims that Iraq was developing Massive Destructive Weapons and that was one of the reasons for attacking Iraq. The other unsaid reason for attacking Iraq was that America wanted Iraq's petrol.
The study focuses on the issue of the relationship between language and power in the political speeches of the American President Bush during the last Iraqi crisis from 2002 to 2005. The speeches chosen for analysis are ten out of twenty-five available for Bush on the Iraqi crisis from 2002 to 2005. These speeches best display the point under investigation (the relationship between language and power). The reasons for choosing these ten speeches are as follows:
1-these speeches were given when things in Iraq were in a state of turmoil, i.e. there were lots of killing, murdering, victims and threats;
2-these speeches abound in power and threat words. Words, such as challenge, confront, protect, fear, power, threat, dictator, aggression, disarm, kill are, for instance, frequently used in Bush's speeches';
3- it was on that period that the deadline for Saddam Hussein to abdicate power and leave Iraq to avoid war was set.
Politics manipulates language in a special way. In fact, politics can't be conducted without Language. When we think of politics, we think of it...

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