War Rhetoric

Liane speaks with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a frequent contributor to Weekend Edition. They examine recent speeches by President Bill Clinton since March 24th when he announced the beginning of NATO airstrikes against Serbia. Clinton uses a variety of time-tested phrases and ideas, harkening back to arguments made by past presidents trying to justify U-S involvement in both World Wars. Kathleen says if you listen closely, you can hear Clinton's rhetoric changing in tone progressively as he attempts to prepare the nation for a possible ground war in Serbia.

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