Seven Years In Iraq Rhetorical Analysis

Iraq Enmity
In March of 2003, United States troops were deployed into Iraq to topple the government of Dictator Suddam Hussein. Merely nine months after the war began, Hussein was captured and executed by a United States regime. After Hussein’s demise, the power vacuum that was created led to violence between the two dominant Muslim denominations the Shias and the Sunnis. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were killed in the first few years of conflict. A surge of US troops were once again sent to Iraq in hopes to reduce and resolve violence that was created after their dictator’s death. In 2011 troops were extracted from Iraq and sent back home to the US only to be deployed once again three years later as a result of a military offensive and
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Thirteen years after the war initially began and controversy still remains. As this specific topic floods the news with dispute it is imperative to note certain techniques authors use to make their statements persuasive. The use of logical appeal and ethos strengthens an author’s claims while a biased statement weakens it.
When an author writes an article, a purpose is always portrayed through how an author creates their piece and who the intended audience is meant to be. Finding the author 's purpose is key to being able to analyze the work in itself. Audience is a major role in purpose as well. Figuring out the audience from context clues can be very effectual. Looking at three articles written by Katie Sanders, Ben Wolfgang, and Terence P. Jeffrey, their purpose for writing seems to be very evident. Katie Sanders and Ben Wolfgang explain in depth what president Barack Obama’s plan for the troops in Iraq is and how he plans to reduce and diminish
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Jeffrey of CNS News, all three of these use Logos to appeal their audiences. By using logos, a reader makes a connection with verity. When the audience reads numbers or sees graphs it makes the reader feel like the author has done research to back up their claim and is quite familiar with the topic as well as the context. Ben Wolfgang of Washington Times capitalizes on this tactic by giving the number of troops that first were deployed in 2003, 100,000, and the current number that stands at about 3,050 troops in Iraq as of 2015. By giving specific facts such as this, the reader is swayed to believe the author’s point of view because obviously statistics such as this must be true or thought to be true by the common reader. A reader must be careful and wary of false information given. Follow up research is always necessary when articles are not officially reviewed for accuracy. Articles that are not officially reviewed can be seen as the fallacy of false attribution. False attribution occurs when an author appeals to an unqualified, biased, or fabricated source. Most news articles such as these from CNS and Washington Times are false attribution. The piece by Katie Sanders includes a graph of the American and Iraqi casualties showing that in the year 2007 there were the most death rates on both sides of the war. These statistics give the

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