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Tarak Barkawi and Ketih Stanski

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327782.001.0001

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Terror, the Imperial Presidency, and American Heroism

Terror, the Imperial Presidency, and American Heroism

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(p.65) 4 Terror, the Imperial Presidency, and American Heroism
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Orientalism and War
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Susan Jeffords

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327782.003.0004

The power to name terrorists is key to the “War on Terror”. The Bush presidency codified that naming, not only in legal opinions but in the enhancement of presidential authority to “decide” how terrorism is defined. In the circular system that developed to prevent terrorist attacks—we “know” who terrorists are/will be because we have come to define their characteristics—the trait of decisiveness came to characterize US actions against terrorism. The decisive and authoritative presidency is mirrored by popular action heroes, thereby solidifying the stories that can be told about who terrorists are and how they must be handled.

Keywords:   Presidents, Terrorism, George Bush, Global War on Terror

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