Analysis Of The 9 / 11 Overreaction By Charles Krauthammer

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In “The 9/11 “Overreaction”? Nonsense.” from the casebook “Is America Safer Now than Before 9/11?”, Charles Krauthammer selects the supporting side of The United States of America being safer now than before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Throughout the essay, Krauthammer succeeds in persuading most of his target audience of conservatives and general Americans that not only was America's reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks justified, but it tremendously increased America’s security. Krauthammer utilizes various strategies throughout his essay, such as the rhetorical triangle, stylistic techniques, and establishment of credibility to convey his argument. However, Krauthammer’s lack of consideration to the opposing side of the argument and some appearances of logical fallacies in his essay weakens the full potential effectiveness of his argument. In this persuasive essay, Charles Krauthammer immediately speaks on the steady demise of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda and how the war on terror was an “unconventional war by an unconventional enemy” that required an unconventional approach to win (Krauthammer 706). Krauthammer states that there has not been a major terrorist attack in the United States of America in over a decade. In turn, this supposedly demonstrates to the audience that the defensive apparatus created by President George W. Bush to counter terrorism has been very effective in getting its purpose done, and that is to protect the American citizens.

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