By S. McEvoy-Levy

The ebook examines a severe time and position in contemporary global background (the finish of the chilly conflict) and the options and values hired within the public international relations of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct household and foreign consensus. It offers perception into the makes use of of Presidential strength and gives a version and an indication of the way the function of rhetoric can be utilized to check the international coverage of the USA.

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From the moment of their utterance they became publicly accessible, official documents of the Administration's posture and policies. Efforts to `spin' ill-received pronouncements or diplomatic faux-pas also became part of the historical record, as Bush's `chicken Kiev' speech and Brent Scowcroft's retraction demonstrated (see Chapter 4). The dynamic mutual shaping relationship between rhetoric and cultural practice or organization also helps explain the finding of this study that the place of `American exceptionalism' in the US foreign policy process is as a value-strategy syncretization with broad community-building functions.

John L. 10 The phrase `manifest destiny' was used by Massachusetts congressional representative Robert C. Winthrop on January 3, 1846, during congressional debate on a resolution for a joint occupation of the Oregon Territory with Great Britain. 11 Like Frederick Jackson Turner's `frontier thesis',12 the `manifest destiny' idea implied that the United States' expansion was, guided by Providence, a predestined mission which could not be neglected. Turner argued that a distinctive American character and democracy were created as a result of the settlement of the frontier.

38 The Puritan missionaries experienced disappointment, according to Miller, because they did not succeed in redeeming Europe. ) Accompanying the acquisition of empire is the dilemma of the `almost chosen people', as Lincoln described the United States, riven by faith in its God-given responsibility and self-conscious self-doubt. 43 And as illustrated above, exceptionalism also influences this second characteristic of US foreign policy. Carter's vision of peaceful order-building amidst international complexity and interdependence sat uncomfortably with the unambiguous opposition to the spread of American influence and values in states like Iran and Nicaragua.

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