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6 posts from August 2005

August 29, 2005

Frameshop: American 'Sacrifice'

In response to America’s growing anger about Iraq, President Bush has been repeating the word ‘sacrifice’ in most of his speeches.  In his latest radio address, for example, the President told us that “Our efforts in Iraq and the broader Middle East will require more time, more sacrifice and continued resolve.”

But is it right--is it American--to call for ‘sacrifice’ in this way?  How, in other words,  are Americans to respond when President Bush speaks to us of 'sacrifice'?

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August 14, 2005

Frameshop: The 'Grieving Mom' Frame

In broad terms, the success of the 'grieving mom' phrase indicates that Americans are now thinking about the War in Iraq through the frame of the family, rather than thinking about Iraq through the frame of 'terrorism' or 'ideology.'

If Democrats want to build on Cindy Sheehan's success, we must accept that last week's media storm was less about Cindy's demand to meet or her accusation against the President, than about her image as a 'grieving mother.'

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August 12, 2005

Frameshop: Sheehan Ad

The Raw Story has just posted a new ad featuring Cindy Sheehan (The ad is here). I urge everyone to watch it a few times. It is powerful.

August 11, 2005

Frameshop: Mixed Signals

In his most recent comments President Bush said that pulling troops out of Iraq "would send a terrible signal to the enemy" (read the entire article here). 

That's strange.  According to Karl Rove, we are supposed to be "brandishing steel" over there in Iraq.  Apparently, we are now brandishing signals.

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August 07, 2005

Frameshop: Stolen Honor

On Wednesday August 3, President Bush issued a statement in which he made the deaths of American soldiers a key reason for remaining in Iraq:

"We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission. [So that] the families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."

Within minutes, Cindy Sheehan responded.

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Frameshop: Cindy's Frame

Could it be that the War in Iraq will be stopped by one woman walking down a road in Texas? 

As of today, it certainly seems so.

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