In the Name of Terrorism: Presidents on Political Violence in the Post-World War II Era

In the Name of Terrorism: Presidents on Political Violence in the Post-World War II Era

by Carol K. Winkler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791466175

ISBN-13: 9780791466179

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Traces the shifts in presidential discourse on terrorism since World War II.

The topic of terrorism has evolved into an ideological marker of American culture, one that has fundamentally altered the relationship between the three branches of government, between the government and the people, and between America and countries abroad. In the Name of

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Traces the shifts in presidential discourse on terrorism since World War II.

The topic of terrorism has evolved into an ideological marker of American culture, one that has fundamentally altered the relationship between the three branches of government, between the government and the people, and between America and countries abroad. In the Name of Terrorism describes and analyzes the public communication strategies presidents have deployed to discuss terrorism since the end of World War II. Drawing upon internal administration documents, memoirs, and public papers, Carol K. Winkler uncovers how presidents have capitalized on public perceptions of the terrorist threat, misrepresented actual terrorist events, and used the term “terrorism” to influence electoral outcomes both at home and abroad. Perhaps more importantly, she explains their motivations for doing so, and critically discusses the moral and political implications of the present range of narratives used to present terrorism to the public.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791466179
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
SUNY series in the Trajectory of Terror Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. What’s in a Name?

Presidential Discourse and Terrorism
Terrorism and Ideology

2. The Vietnam War and the Communist Terrorists

Labeling the Threat
The Terrorist Narrative in the Vietnam War
Terrorism and Ideology

3. The Iranian Hostage Crisis: An American Tragedy

Labeling the Captors
The Narrative of the Iranian Hostage Crisis
Ideology and the Iranian Hostage Crisis

4. Origins of Terrorism as an American Ideograph: The Reagan Era

Labeling the Threat
The Terrorist Narrative in the Reagan Era
Terrorism and Ideology

5. The Persian Gulf Conflict of 1991: The Cold War Narrative in the Post-Cold War Era

Labeling the Crisis
The Narrative of the 1991 Persian Gulf Crisis
Ideology and Persian Gulf Terrorism

6. Terrorism and the Clinton Era: A Prophetic Moment

Labeling the Threat
Clinton’s Terrorist Narrative
Terrorism and Ideology

7. America under Attack: George W. Bush and Noncitizen Actors

Labeling the Crisis
The Terrorist Narrative
Terrorism and Ideology

8. Terrorism and American Culture

Notes
Works Cited
Index

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