Framing The Iraq War Endgame: War's Denouement in an Age of Terror by E. KingFraming The Iraq War Endgame: War's Denouement in an Age of Terror by E. King

Framing The Iraq War Endgame: War's Denouement in an Age of Terror

byE. King, R. Wells

Hardcover | November 18, 2009

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The Bush administration was remarkably successful in dominating the debate over why we had to go to war with Iraq, but it would soon be faced with the more daunting task of winning the monumental rhetorical struggle over how to write the script of the Iraq War endgame. We examine the twists and turns of the discursive battle over the war's denouement as it played out against the backdrop of the war on terror, and we conclude that while Bush failed to win the argument that Iraq was one with our fight against terrorism, his underlying worldview that we must confront terrorist evil through global military engagement remains an important component of Obama adminstration rhetoric.
ERIKA G. KING is Professor of Political Science at Grand Valley State University, USA.ROBERT WELLS is Professor of Political Science at Thiel College.
Title:Framing The Iraq War Endgame: War's Denouement in an Age of TerrorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.84 inPublished:November 18, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230608981

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Table of Contents

Introduction Constructing the Endgame Narrative for a Different Kind of War Dominating the Public War Discourse Challenging Bush's Why We Fight Narrative Sounding an Official Warning Bell on Mounting Terrorism and Civil War Crafting reactions to the Midterm Elections and the Iraq Study Group Report Interpreting the Consequences of the Troop Surge Spinning and Debating the Petraeus/Crocker Report Bush's Endgame Narrative Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

"George W. Bush, the longest-serving wartime commander in chief in U.S. history, fought a remarkable rhetorical war after 9/11.  In Framing the Iraq War Endgame, Erika King and Robert Wells analyze the administration's controversial discourse over Iraq.  Their insights reveal much about the way Americans deliberate over global conflicts, foreign policy, the presidency, and ultimately our values as a people.  This study deserves a prominent place on bookshelves inside and outside the Beltway."--Gleaves Whitney, Director, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Grand Valley State University “This is a timely and significant work on the paradoxes of defining terrorism as a military problem. Unlike many of America’s past conflicts, the Iraq War has been framed within a set of ideological narratives surrounding sub-national conflict. King and Wells identify the nature of these narratives and thoroughly examine their impact on competing policy positions. The Iraqi conflict developed within the context of a nebulous, controversial political position--a belief that the United States could declare war on a concept: terrorism. This book explicates the complexities of victory and defeat in a shadow war. Few have defined the problem so well.”--Jonathan R. White, author of Terrorism and Homeland Security