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Comprehensive Argument Analysis

Comprehensive Argument Analysis

Axia College Material

Appendix D

Critical Analysis Forms

Fill out one form for each source

Source 1 Title and Citation : Odom , William E . 2007 . Withdrawing the Military from Iraq Would Improve US Credibility . Opposing Viewpoints America 's Global Influence . Ed . David Haugen and Susan Musser . Detroit Greenhaven Press

1

Identify the principal issue presented by the source

American military withdrawal will improve US credibility 2

Identify any examples of bias presented by the author . If exist explain how you determined this

There

are no statements conjured with bias precisely because the author used arguments and premises objectively 3

Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous . If exist , explain how you determined this

The statement our continued occupation of Iraq also encourages the killers - precisely our invasion made Iraq safe for them ' is an ambiguous statement .4

Do you find the source credible ? Explain your reasoning

The source lacks empirical validations to support its arguments . For example , arguing that US military withdrawal from Iraq will regain US diplomatic and military mobility ' has no sufficient parameters to rely on 5

Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author . If exist , explain how you determined this

The author uses ventriloquism ' as a point of attraction to his argument . This term implies the establishment of a puppet government in Iraq , that is , a pro-American government 6

Identify and name any fallacies used by the author . If exist explain how you determined this

The author commits a fallacy when he said that President Bush is normally impervious to uncomfortable facts and because of that the latter did not deny the civil war in Iraq . This is called argumentum ad hominem : an attack on the argument through an attack on the personality 7

State one argument made by the author

The US government in to improve its credibility must withdraw its forces in Iraq 8

Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument

premise 1 . Continued occupation will result to further bloodshed premise 2 . The goal of the Iraq people is not American tutelage but political consolidation , premise 3 . Most American soldiers in Iraq (troop morale is low ) prefer an early withdrawal The US government in to improve its credibility must withdraw its forces in Iraq 9

Is the author 's argument valid or invalid , sound or unsound , strong or weak ? Explain how you determined this

The argument is a valid argument . The conclusion follows from the premises . This is though an unsound argument . Empirical parameters are not mentioned or in any way presented , although as one may notice this is a strong argument . The author did not use any moral reasoning .10

Does the author use moral reasoning ? If not , explain how you determined this

The author did not use any moral reasoning . No sentiment was indicated in the article .Source 2 Title and Citation : Hamad , Wadood . 2003 . Whither Independence ?Iraq in Perspective : From Despotism to Occupation . URL http /www .logosjournal .com /hamad...

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