Essays on Justifying Military Action and on Ideals of American Presidents


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Essays on Justifying Military Action and on Ideals of American Presidents
Paper Three-The Shaping Force of Reflections of the Atrocities of War to Motivate and Justify Military Action
The leader of a society is able to provide for his or her citizens the context of the atrocities of war. Whether it is in the form of spoken words, or written reflections, the manner in which the atrocities are presented can be used to motivate the public to support an action of war against those persons who have, or are alleged to have committed the atrocities. In these cases, the atrocities themselves are not as significant as are the manner in which they are presented. In two essays, “President Franklin D. Roosevelt Requests Declaration of War on Japan”,...
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.....h the views of Reagan could be seen as a disagreement with the views of God. God wants America to present its ‘experiment with liberty’ to all, and not doing it would be sacrilegious.
Both Presidents use pretty words and images to convey their ideals. Both are able to force the public to obey by pressing the urgency of the commitment to the views of the President, because failing to do so would be disaster. This does not invite thoughtful analysis of the ideas, but simply entrenches obeisance. In both cases, this act of sacrifice is for a higher good, a better, a perfect, a pure America.
Works Cited
Johnson, Michael
Reading the American Past, Volume II: From 1865: Selected Historical Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004. Print.