The American Rhetorical Construction of the Iranian Nuclear by Jason Jones

By Jason Jones

Analyzes the rhetorical building of the Iranian nuclear hazard in the course of the Bush presidency, and US/Iran family extra commonly.

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5). Though the frameworks of Fahnestock/Secor and Entman parallel one another, they encourage two different types of analysis. Entman’s reasonable call for comprehensive, alternative frames in the press assumes that frames in their entirety actually make it into a news story, which is not always the case. Stasis theory, on the other hand, encourages us to identify and follow the places of disagreement, the smaller lines of argument that are more likely to reach the press than the larger ones they help constitute.

In December 2007, the United States Intelligence Community released its National Intelligence Estimate that stated unequivocally, “We judge with high confidence that in Fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program” (p. 6). The breach in what appeared to be a Beltway consensus on Iran’s nuclear program as a nuclear weapons program was particularly significant, because two months earlier Bush, supposedly unaware of the report, warned, “if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing [Iran] from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon” (quoted in Stolberg 2007).

16 The American Rhetorical Construction of the Iranian Nuclear Threat of Middle Eastern history, who argues that Iran’s nuclear goals have much to do with its energy problems. Those who see Iran’s nuclear program as militaristic often posit that the Islamic Republic, one of the top oil-producing countries, has no need for nuclear energy. However, oil is not renewable, and Iran, as Abrahamian explains, “is now actually importing a great deal of refined oil for energy” (Barsamian 2007, p. 77). Further, Abrahamian, like Tehran-based journalist Christopher de Ballaigue (2007) and others, sees Iran as taking the path of nuclear ambiguity; in other words, Iran is developing its nuclear program to the point of having the know-how of producing a bomb, but not actually doing so—a capability that could potentially serve as a deterrent to the United States and Israel.

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