Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The rhetoric of war

George W. Bush is quoted as saying he regretted appearing as a warmonger in talking up the War in Iraq. The Guardian and Times say "I think that in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric," So phrases used to win support for the war such as "bring 'em on" and "dead or alive" he said, "indicated to people that I was, you know, not a man of peace". Here he is thinking of his legacy, but in reality his language was to rally support to a war few saw as a good idea and linked to the various rumours in the US of the links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda shows he wanted a nation to be warmongers also. Perhaps his real regret is that he failed to deliver the quick easy victory that the US people wanted, had he done so he would probably say nothing about his use of language.

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