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America responds to terrorism [electronic resource] : conflict resolution strategies of Clinton, Bush, and Obama / by Karen A. Feste.


Public Safety Canada Library






Includes bibliographical references and index.


1 online resource.


What policy is best for the United States to reduce the threat of Islamic extremist terrorism? Recent American presidents have applied alternative conflict resolution approaches. Clinton practiced conflict avoidance, talking tough but rarely retaliating against anti-American terrorist attacks. G.W. Bush adopted a fighter approach and the Global War on Terrorism and military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq reflect this strategy. Obama introduced a third alternative: problem solving and extending peaceful overtures while keeping up resistance. Will the strategy succeed? Feste analyzes presidential rhetoric on counterterrorism policy through the lens of issue framing, enemy aggression, self-hardship, and victimization expressed in a variety of speeches delivered by these chief executives to highlight and compare their conflict resolution strategies.


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Introduction – 1. Frame Theory – 2. Presidential Frames of Terrorism – 3. Framing Conflict Escalation: United States versus al Qaeda/Islamic Extremism – 4. Framing the Terrorism Threat – 5. Framing Terrorism Conflict Resolution – 6. Framing Analysis: Evaluating Presidential Statements – 7. Bill Clinton: Conflict Avoidance Strategy – 8. George W. Bush: Fight-to-Win Strategy – 9. Barack Obama: Problem-Solving Strategy – Conclusion.

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