How did the U.S. government lead its people to war?
Rhetoric and Spin
Caves and Shadows
In the lead-up to war with Iraq, President Bush described the terrorists as living in caves, and Hussein as a leader of a “shadowy” network of terrorists. This language of caves and shadows is a rhetorical device used to dehumanize the enemy, associating Hussein with the beasts and monsters of mythic tales.
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BUSH: This is a war where the leaders hide in a cave, or they kind of hide in a dark corner of one of the cities around the world, and then they send youngsters to their suicidal deaths.
BUSH: We continue to pursue the terrorists in cities and camps and caves across the earth.
BUSH: ...shadowy terrorist networks are not easily contained.
BUSH: It’s a man who has got connections with al-Qaeda. Imagine a terrorist network with Iraq as an arsenal and as a training ground. So that a Saddam Hussein could use this shadowy group of people to attack his enemy and leave no fingerprint behind.