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Critique of Argument (Essay Sample)

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I will attach a news paper article that you will critique and include examples of what I'm looking for. I will also include what I wrote before. My teacher said that I did not really point a critique of the target article. INSTRUCTIONS. CRITIQUE OF ARGUMENT For this assignment, you should find a questionable argument that has been published in print or on the internet and write dup a short critique of the argument. The argument you select might be all an article, letter, or editorial or only part of one. But it should be an argument that you believe to be misleading or fallacious, for reasons that you should present. You should write up any background that a reader would need to understand what the argument was about. This should be followed by a critical assessment of the argument, saying what is wrong with it and why. You should also say what would be needed to make the argument more persuasive. To illustrate what the instructor is looking for, consider the following argument which appeared in an article entitled “The sex-bias myth in medicine,” written by Andrew G. Kadar, which appeared in the August 1994 issue of The Atlantic Monthly (p.68). “Perhaps the most emotionally charged disease for women is breast cancer. If a tumor devastated men on a similar scale, critics say, we would declare a national emergency and lunch a non-cost-barred Apollo Project-style program to cure it. In the words of Matilda Cuomo, the wife of the governor or New York, “If we can send a woman to the Moon, we can surely find a cure for breast cancer.” The neglect of breast- cancer research, we have been told, is both sexist and a national disgrace.” The claim that breast cancer research has not been adequately funded, in comparison to other diseases, may not be true. It is both a question of act (How much funding?) and of judgment. (Does the funding level reflect the importance of the disease?) However, the claim that breast cancer research has been underfunded because the disease doesn't affect men, who presumably determine funding priorities, ia an unfair argument against the person. It unfairly alleges that men don't care about breast cancer because they aren't victims of it. Such a claim requires much more evidence and support to be accepted as valid. As a counterargument, one might point out that prostate cancer, which only affects men, has received even less research attention than breast cancer. THE NEWS PAPER ARTICLE WORLD TomPaine.com / By Patrick Doherty Why Bush Went to War There were three reasons why the Bush administration went to war: oil, Israel, and military transformation. August 5, 2004 | As the nation begins debate on how to reform the intelligence community, it is essential to remember that the Iraq war was not driven by bad intelligence, per se. As Bush's former director of policy planning admitted, this was a "war of choice." Intelligence was not used to make a decision for war, it was manipulated to mislead Americans into backing a war already planned. Publicly, President Bush offered four rationales to justify the invasion: the presence of WMD, Iraqi collaboration with Al Qaeda, the possibility of giving WMD to Al Qaeda, and bringing democracy to Iraq. Since the invasion, numerous commissions have shown the first three to be plainly false. The lack of post-war planning, the elevation of Iyad Allawi and the pervasive corruption among U.S.-funded contractors has put the lie to the fourth rationale. So just why did Bush choose war? From the evidence before us today, there is no one single reason. Rather, there are three converging and tightly interwoven reasons: oil, Israel and military transformation. The Cheney energy strategy required Iraqi oil; AIPAC and the Christian right wanted to weaken the Arab world to strengthen Israel; and Don Rumsfeld wanted to expedite the transformation of the U.S. military. Reason #1: The Cheney Energy Policy The first rationale underlying the Iraq invasion can be found in two recommendations from the vice president's task force on energy policy, delivered in May 2001: "The NEPD Group recommends that the President make energy security a priority of our trade and foreign policy; The NEPD Group recommends the President support initiatives by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria, Qatar, the UAE, and other suppliers to open up areas of their energy sectors to foreign investment." America gets its oil from the global market, not from individual countries. But in the 1990s, oil-producing countries took a holiday from expanding production capacity, while demand grew steadily. With the supply/demand balance extremely tight, oil-producing states did not have the financial or engineering capacity to build the additional capacity, meaning the national oil companies in many OPEC states were faced with the need to open their fields to foreign investment. They resisted and prices rose. In the post-Cold War era, the demand increase is coming from Asia. Chinese export success is raising the living standards of the 200 million Chinese consumers. That means elevated demand for energy, raising prices around the world. But unlike Cold War-era supply shocks, rising demand has the threefold effect of reducing American economic growth, creating price incentives for alternative energy sources and strengthening the political influence of the rising Asian consumers. Add OPEC's production quotas and the situation looked grim—at least to the task force. That the U.S. government thinks about the security of global oil supplies is nothing new. America has had an explicit policy for the last 24 years—the "Carter Doctrine"—which states: "An attempt by an outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force." Iraq, with the second-largest conventional oil reserves but lacking the capacity to exploit them, looked like the lynchpin in increasing oil production, countering rising Chinese influence and reducing OPEC's pricing power. But with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, the only option would be to seize and privatize Iraqi oil. That goal was conspicuously absent in the task force recommendations, but revealed in former Treasury secretary Paul O'Neill's memoir. O'Neill stated that in February 2001, the National Security Council staff was already drafting a document detailing how the U.S. government should divide up the Iraqi oilfields among the major western oil companies after a U.S. invasion. This helps to illumintate why the Bush administration had declared early in its tenure that China was a strategic competitor. What most commentators did not realize, however, was that the theatre of that competition would be the Persian Gulf. Reason #2: Strengthen Israel, Weaken Arabs The Bush administration has a complex relationship with Israel. The president owes his election in large part to Christian conservatives. Christian Zionists, led by Tom DeLay in the House, want to see the State of Israel control all the biblical lands. President Bush is also indebted to AIPAC, the powerful Jewish lobby. AIPAC is staunchly backing the right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who rejects the longstanding policy of "land-for-peace." In addition, the neoconservatives who dominate Bush's foreign policy architecture view negotiations with Arafat and the PLO to be morally equivalent to Chamberlain negotiating with Hitler in Munich. Not surprisingly, this convergence of powerful interests forged an alternative Israel policy for the United States. Paul Wolfowitz, interviewed in May 2003, outlined this new policy: "…While it undoubtedly was true that if we could make progress on the Israeli-Palestinian issue we would provide a better set of circumstances to deal with Saddam Hussein, …it was equally true the other way around that if we could deal with Saddam Hussein it would provide a better set of circumstances for dealing with the Arab-Israeli issue." Those circumstances included the elimination of Saddam Hussein's support for Palestinian bombers' families, reduced oil prices weakening the political influence of Saudi Arabia and OPEC, and the existence of permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq, reducing our dependence on Saudi Arabia while allowing the United States to monitor Syria and Iran more intimately. Free of a credible threat of Arab invasion, Israel would enjoy a much stronger negotiating position. Reason #3: Expedite Military Transformation The neoconservatives came into power in 2001 with the intention of remaking America's armed forces so that they can dominate in the post-Cold War security environment. In practice, however, dominance is merely an extension of the Carter Doctrine, recognizing that our economy is dependent on inconveniently distributed sources of foreign oil. In sharp contrast to 20th century containment, 21st century dominance would require new bases, new doctrine and new weapons. Iraq was sitting at the crossroads of all three components. An American client in Baghdad would allow us to permanently station forces, dominate the Persian Gulf and the Caucasus, and back up Israel. A major war against a conventional enemy would provide an opportunity to demonstrate new operational doctrine built around information dominance and precision strike. Finally, an extended occupation would in turn shake up the structure of the military, enabling more significant changes to Cold War-era traditions and structures. The Project for a New American Century, the think tank Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz patronized before taking office, actually anticipated the opportunity that a 9/11 event would present to the task of transformation: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor." Why The Deception? Sept. 11, 2001 provided a unique opportunity. The overwhelming surge of patriotism and trust derived from the attacks on New York and Washington combined with a media narrative making Al Qaeda rhetorically comparable to the Soviet Union allowed the Bush administration the cover it needed to ram through the war without serious political resistance. It was a cynical stratagem to exploit American's weak understanding of Iraq, Al Qaeda, oil markets and international relations. Unfortunately, oil, Israel and transformation will continue to drive U.S. policy in the Middle East until we get on a path to eliminate—not just reduce—our consumption of oil for energy. With both the 9/11 Commission and experts like Jessica Stern and the CIA analyst "Anonymous" saying terror is motivated by these very policies, America must ask its presidential candidates why they are choosing cheap gasoline over security. With near consensus between Kerry and Bush on oil, Israel and transformation, odds are this reality will not change before November. We can only hope it changes before the next attack. Patrick Doherty is associate editor at TomPaine.com, spent 10 years working on conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the Cauca EXAMPLE OF WHAT I WROTE CRITIQUE OF ARGUMENT I am analyzing the following argument which appeared in an article entitled “Why Bush went to war,” written by Patrick Doherty, which appeared in the August 2004 issue of the online AlterNet magazine. “Publicly, President Bush offered four rationales to justify the invasion: the presence of WMD, Iraq collaboration with Al Qaeda, the possibility of giving WMD to Al Qaeda, and bringing democracy to Iraq”. The reason given by President George Bush for going to war with Iraq was that Saddam Hussein had WMD. There was no evidence to support this claim because no chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons have been found in Iraq or any documentation of their existence. If the large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons that the Bush administration insisted were in the hands of Saddam Hussein was true, they would have been found by the UN weapon inspectors. After many months of intense searching at many sites thought most suspicious, nothing of consequence has been found by the weapon inspectors. The Bush administration lied to American people that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological and even nuclear weapons that he would one day give to Al-Qaida who would then smuggle them into United States and kill tens of thousands of people. Even if one knew nothing about Iraq history and politics, this argument should have appeared dubious on the face of it. In the terrorist attacks that took place in United States, including the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City and 9/11 attacks, none of the perpetrators needed to smuggle weapons into the country. Whatever they needed, they found right here, inside the United States. Therefore, this is a wrong claim. There was no evidence to show that Saddam Hussein had links with Al Qaida. The Bush administration made this claim just to go to war to change a regime in Iraq. President Bush even knew very well that there was no tie between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaida. They were mortal enemies-one secular, the other fundamentalist. As far as I know, no country is justified in attacking another just to liberate and spread democracy. The only moral justification one can give for starting a war is when one's security is under a threat and one has no other options. The American government can and should encourage democracy elsewhere in the world but not force it because that is not democracy. But treating others democratically and letting it take root by her example. If the administration of President George W. Bush had been fighting for moral cause to bring democracy in Iraq, Bush would not have needed to use manipulative evidence. source..
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CRITIQUE OF ARGUMENT
Background
The war on Iraq camouflages a lot of ideas such as the ones openly given: oil, Israel and military transformation. However such ideologies are only profound in the manipulative mind of the Bush administration which was solely for imperialism achievement and retaliation to Iraq after a failed assassination plot against President Bush senior in1991.My goal in this paper is to argue against the article entitled "Why Bush went to war," written by Patrick Doherty, which appeared in the August 2004 issue of the online AlterNet magazine.
It was not all about oil
It is very clear that the Carter doctrine warned of foreign attacks at the Gulf, however this was brushed off in favor of America.
Liberally stating, the international oil market is complex. It is not only Iraq that has vast oil reserves but so is Saudi Arabia
America`s ability to resolve ...
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