Constructing the “self” and the “other” in Bush’s political discourse before and after the Iraq war (2002–2008)
The article investigates the construction of the “self” and the “other” in George W. Bush’s political discourse before and after the Iraq war. Van Dijk’s ideological square theory is used to examine the group polarization of Us versus Them dichotomy. Halliday’s systemic functional grammar is utilised to analyse the speeches and to designate the strategies that Bush utilises to differentiate between the protagonist (America) and the antagonist (Iraq). Furthermore, the diachrony in Bush’s discourse regarding Iraq’s WMDs and Saddam Hussein is also examined. The results of the study indicated that before the invasion, Iraq was an active entity in upgrading its WMDs’ program and supporting terrorism. However, after the invasion, Iraq is now perceived as a beacon of hope in the Middle East, thus, justifying America’s illegitimate act of invading Iraq.
Keywords: critical discourse analysis, Halliday’s systemic functional grammar, transitivity structures, Iraq war, George W. Bush’s political discourse
Published online: 09 February 2017
Baker, Paul, and Ellece, Sibonile
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Graham, Phil., Keenan, Thomas., and Dowd, Anne-Maree
Halliday, Michael., and Christian Matthiessen
Kandil, Magdi A.
Kull, Steven, Clay Ramsay., Stefan Subias., and Evan Lewis
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Lazar, Annita., and Michelle M. Lazar
Simpson, Paul, and Andrea Mayr
Van Dijk, Teun A.
Van Leeuwen, Theo
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