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It is apparent in his essay that Dodd is a devoted citizen and representative of his country Through his characterizations of Americans Communists and Vietnamese in his speech given to the Senate in 1965 his patriotism and love of his country becomes even more clarified With these three different groups- the Americans the Communists and the Vietnamese- Dodd describes the perfect situation of a fairy tale story of any damsel in distress I do not say this to lessen the extreme significance of the situation in Vietnam but say it to make his characterizations of the three more clear In the fairy tale there are most often three main characters the hero the damsel and the villain Firstly Dodd characterizes Americans as of course the heroes This is evident in several areas of his speech in which he describes America as the symbol of strength power wisdom honesty wealth and goodness He begins by exclaiming that even though America is being faced with the debate of negotiating in Vietnam it is not a signal of weakness Rather Dodd says It is a testimony to our strength810 It is strength because within this debate America proves itself to be a hero The hero is always moral strong and willing to fight We are in Vietnam Dodd says Because our own security and the security of the entire free world demands that a firm line be drawn against the further advance of Communist Imperialism 811 italics added America not only defending itself is a fighter for everyone in the world who desires liberty Because of goodness and morality as well as power America has the ability to defend and fight on such a large scale America therefore is the rescuer of Vietnam the damsel in distress Unselfishly Americans risk their lives in hopes to save Vietnam from Communism Dodd construes Americas heroic qualities best when he quotes Filipino political commentator Vincente Villamin in his warning against
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