The administration rhetoric of deadlines dominated many American news headlines after the attacks giving the aspect of time. The countdown to war with the operation "War on Terror was on full network coverage with the ticking of clocks (Stahl 76). The media shaped the public opinion through tone, issue frames, and content manipulation as it quoted speeches from political leaders and the excerpts of official speeches. The uninformed public believed most of the comments and their response was in support of the political class on fighting back Iraq. The public and the supporters of the government responded positively to the presidents rhetoric through the help of the media.
Bush made the citizens believe that 9/11 attacks were perpetrated by Iraq through his speeches. His speeches between September 11, 2001 and May 1, 2003, declared war on Iraq (Stahl 90). The president used a language capable of shaping the citizens interpretations of the information and the events that took place. In his speech, the president mentioned Iraq and terrorism several times after the attacks that can shape the thinking of Americans to think that Iraq attacked the US.
The frequency of mentioning Iraq and terrorism left the citizens to form own conclusions about the attackers. From the 13 speeches that were noted from September 2002 and may 2003 September 11 and Iraq appear in the same paragraph. Four speeches had the two in the same sentence, and the Iraq war can be said to have been framed by the Bush Administration through rhetoric. Many Americans changed their minds immediately after listening to the address given by Bush concerning the attack and supported the war in Iraq. Another speech that had a big effect on the public support for attacking Iraq was by Colin Powell to the UN on 5 February 2003.
The speech had more evidence of linking Iraq and Al Qaeda to the 9/11 attacks. Both Republicans and Democrats showed more support of the Iraq Attack after listening to his speech connecting Iraq to the 9/11 attack (Haar 965-967). In fact, ten percent of the Americans changed their mind immediately and supported the war on Iraq on listening to Powells speech.
Persuasion has the capability of generating propaganda and some speeches given after 9/11 attacks were effective in this. The presidential speech was very persuasive to the American, who linked Iraq to the attack. The
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