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American Exceptionalism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Public by S. McEvoy-Levy

By S. McEvoy-Levy

This e-book examines a serious time and position in contemporary global history--the finish of the chilly War--and the suggestions and values hired within the public dipomacy of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct family and overseas consensus. It offers perception into the makes use of of presidential strength and offers a version and a demonstration for a way rhetoric can be utilized within the examine of usa international coverage.

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14 The evolution of the United States from a continental power to a global power was accompanied by an evolution in the idea of exceptionalism. Globalist exceptionalism included the imperative not just to preserve America's safety and ensure its economic development but to reorganize the world to spread American values and in doing so, further international peace. This had always been implicit in early American exceptionalism, as Thomas Paine stated in his Common Sense in 1776: `we have it within our 26 American Exceptionalism & US Foreign Policy power to begin the world all over again', but this globalizing strain found concrete expression in US policy during an era of World Wars.

Introduction 21 Rhetorical themes are developed as part of a strategy and reflect present traumas and concerns, historical successes, operative traditions, and the leader's personality. In this regard, it is interesting to note the differences in the themes most often employed by Bush and Clinton. For example, Bush used Lincoln, World War Two and Cold War themes in 1989, and Hitler and Vietnam themes during the Persian Gulf War. Clinton's early speeches were dominated by New Covenant and New Deal themes.

122 And from January 1990, a sizeable proportion of those polled, 46 per cent, had believed it unlikely that the United States would be engaged in a nuclear war within the decade. However, cautious optimism about international affairs contrasted sharply with record levels of pessimism about the future of the United States itself. Americans were more pessimistic about the future of the United States than at any time in the last decade.

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