chapter  3
58 Pages

Holy Warriors: George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and the Religious Rhetoric of War

ByDavid O’Connell

Chapter 3 continues to explore foreign policy rhetoric, focusing on the unique opportunity war presents for the use of religion. Although historians have sometimes seemed less interested in the role that religion has played in American war making, the two have always been closely intertwined. Religion has impacted America's wars through the spiritual convictions of its political leaders, the lobbying of its church-going citizens, and the moral messages of its fearless preachers (Preston 2012).