President Joe Biden’s rhetorical style when talking to the American people about the conflict in Ukraine is one which can be compared to that of President George W. Bush in regards to the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 attacks. During Biden’s speech about Ukraine in March of 2022, he conveyed an idea parallel to that which Bush conveyed: an enemy of the United States has committed a transgression which can’t go unpunished, and the “free world” needs to fight back at any cost. In order to make this case, Biden used the speech to counter Putin’s arguments for a Russian intervention in Ukraine, invoked memories of the fight against Soviet Russia, and talked about the conflict’s victims. Biden utilized pathos, ethos, and logos to build an argument for a sustained military aid commitment in Ukraine.


Winter 2022


International relations, Ukraine, Russia, conflict, rhetoric

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