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dc.contributor.advisorParson, Donn W
dc.contributor.authorCram, Travis J.
dc.description.abstractThe 2006 National Security Strategy (NSS) of the George W. Bush administration has been neglected by rhetorical and policy scholars alike. In this study, I advance a rhetorical criticism of NSS 2006 and associated rhetoric of the Bush administration. Not only is NSS 2006 a rhetorical response to many of the challenges faced by the Bush administration's foreign policy during their first political term, it is also an exercise in symbolic action. The key rhetorical theme of this document is a constitutive agon centered on a dramatic clash between democracy (good) and tyranny (evil). Using narrative and Burkean methods of analysis, I argue that NSS 2006 substantially hinders open deliberation about foreign policy while simultaneously making the United States and the world less safe.
dc.format.extent118 pages
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
dc.rightsThis item is protected by copyright and unless otherwise specified the copyright of this thesis/dissertation is held by the author.
dc.subjectForeign policy
dc.subjectBush, George W.
dc.subjectNational security
dc.title"The Work of Generations": Tyranny and Democracy in the 2006 National Security Strategy
dc.contributor.cmtememberHarris, Scott
dc.contributor.cmtememberInnocenti, Beth
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineCommunication Studies
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