Unthinking Majority wrote:What is the evidence for any of these claims?
That Ali appears to go off-script is obvious in the change in his voice and facial expression.
You need to watch the video to notice this, but it is very noticable.
The Presidency, by Glen P. Hastedt, p 159 wrote:
1. the movement toward war or the use of military force is characterized as the product of careful deliberation;
2. a narrative of events is provided that justifi es the military action being taken;
3. the importance of unanimity and total commitment is impressed upon the audience;
4. an effort is made not only to justify the use of force but to legitimize the assumption of broad presidential powers, including those of commander-in-chief; and
5. the war rhetoric contains misrepresentations of fact that are used to strengthen and legiti-mize the president’s actions.
Above is a list of characteristics of presidential war justifications. When a president wants a war, he tends to use the rhetorical strategies above, according to the author.
Note that I have bolded all the words that suggest "lies." Number 5 and its mention of "misrepresentations of fact" is particulary succinct for this thread.
MISREPRESENTATIONS OF FACT is just orwellian for "lies."
Hastedt later concludes that this rhetoric is effective (the lies work) because:
Presidents are able to capitalize on the American public’s selective and partial reading of history
Perhaps Americans have a "selective and partial" reading of history because this history is selected
and intentionally partial
. Selected + Partial = Lies
the primary function of nobility is the telling of noble liesTM