Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Thomas R. Burkholder
Number of Pages
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda-led terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush and his administration launched a campaign against Iraq in an effort to oust its leader, Saddam Hussein, and "liberate" the Iraqi people. Despite no credible evidence of Iraqi involvement in the 9/11 attacks and the disdain of most of the global community, a majority of Americans supported the administration's desire to attack Iraq; In an effort to understand the impact of the Bush Administration's framing of the war on terror on the American public, the "Other," and the global community as a whole, this study analyzes four of President Bush's public addresses. The resulting critique reveals that appealing to American exceptionalism, demonizing the enemy, and marginalizing the "Other" foster an ideology of dominance and inequality, while fueling tensions between East and West, reinforcing stereotypes, and resulting in more terrorist activity.
Administration; Bush; Discourse; George W. Bush; Marginalizing; Terror; War
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Christensen, Sherri H, "Marginalizing the "other" in the discourse of the Bush Administration's War on Terror" (2007). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2224.