By: Chalmers Johnson
“[The Unites States] Our government has never been honest” (Johnson 365). What a strong statement Chalmers Johnson stated in his article, “Blowback”. “Blowback” in his words is defined as a CIA term meaning the over throw of Mohammad Mossedegh of Iran (366). The author uses this metaphor to help explain how the unintended consequences of the United States government has not only been kept secret from the people but is continuality being taken out on average every day people; making such strong relations between the notorious, Osama Bin Laden and the U.S. government being no more evil than the other is sure to spark anger among Americans. Even with Johnson’s strong background on issues such as Blowback and the relationship between the United States and the Middle East, his argument was weakened with such negative emotion toward the U.S. and having a lack of facts to support his claim against the United States government. First off, the article titled “Blowback” is begun with listing the author’s credentials and past experience on the topic. By doing this it instantly builds a trust between the reader and the author. With having prior knowledge and research done with this topic, it will be easy for the writer to influence the reader. Johnson lists that he not only contributes to a very well known and popular news post like the Los Angeles Times, but he also list that he has written many books on East Asia and political violence (365). Having this background and highlighting it before his article is effective in convincing his argument. Another way the author maintained his credibility throughout his paper was when he talked about something that is close to every American’s heart, money. Johnson mentions how the United States wastes money on high-tech defense mechanisms such as the stealth bomber. Having this information outlined directly ties in to his audience and their knowledge of how the United States is in debt due to...
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