Chapter

The Ministry of Fear

Edited by Andrew L. Johns and Kenneth Osgood

in Selling War in a Media Age

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034669
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038742 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034669.003.0010
The Ministry of Fear

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The chapter explains how the United States navigated these multiple audiences when dealing with the issue of Saddam Hussein over the course of two decades and two wars. It focuses on White House and Pentagon efforts in both Bush administrations to manipulate opinion at home and abroad in the effort to demonize Hussein; identify Iraq as a threat to world peace; and sell the American people, Congress, and the international community on the need to take military action to deal decisively with the invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction in the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Keywords: United States; Saddam Hussein; Bush administrations; Congress; world peace

Chapter.  11200 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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