Analyze these sentences in Trumans' speech announcing the Truman Doctrine.From "The gravity of the situation" to " the national security of this country are involved.": "The gravity of the...

Analyze these sentences in Trumans' speech announcing the Truman Doctrine.

From "The gravity of the situation" to " the national security of this country are involved.":

"The gravity of the situation which confronts the world today necessitates my appearance before a joint session of the Congress. The foreign policy and the national security of this country are involved."

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There are two important things that we should note about these sentences.

First, they are the very beginning of the speech.  The President says "Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Congress of the United States:" and then launches into these sentences.

Second, the sentences themselves are extremely short and to the point.  The sentences you are asking about read

The gravity of the situation which confronts the world today necessitates my appearance before a joint session of the Congress. The foreign policy and the national security of this country are involved.

By starting his speech in such an abrupt, no-nonense way, President Truman is setting a tone.  He is sending a message to Congress that this is a really serious topic.  There is no time for frivolity.  There are no opening remarks about being honored to speak before Congress or anything else.  The speech gets down to business right away and does so in short and unembellished sentences.  Truman is making it very clear that this is a very urgent matter and one that must be treated with the utmost seriousness.

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