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

By S. McEvoy-Levy

The e-book examines a severe time and position in contemporary global background (the finish of the chilly warfare) and the thoughts and values hired within the public international relations of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct family and overseas consensus. It presents perception into the makes use of of Presidential strength and offers a version and a demonstration of the way the function of rhetoric can be utilized to review the overseas coverage of the U.S..

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21 Exceptionalism remained an important theme. Exceptionalism had always been predominantly the `nationalistic' expression of a distinctly American sense of identity which relied on a comparison with a corrupt, dangerous `other'. It continued to be this but was in part also transformed by the challenge of the Soviet Union. The `two systems' approach emerging from the Washington-Monroe era entailed a repudiation of the politics and diplomatic practices of a backward Europe in decline. However, the Soviet system which challenged American exceptionalism during the Cold War was perceived to be a powerful counterpoint.

Morgenthau's contribution to the evolution of US foreign policy in the post-war period illustrates the cultural pervasiveness of exceptionalism. In Politics Among Nations, Morgenthau outlined his `six principles of political 28 American Exceptionalism & US Foreign Policy realism', one of which was a repudiation of both the `chosen people' and `manifest destiny' forms of exceptionalism: There is a world of difference between the belief that all nations stand under the judgement of God, inscrutable to the human mind, and the blasphemous conviction that God is always on one's side and that what one wills oneself cannot fail to be willed by God.

The differences in policy focus, political experience and para-ideology suggested by the contrasts in these recurring themes make the mutual reliance of Bush and Clinton on an overarching message of American exceptionalism even more significant. These themes were not window-dressing; they defined presidencies and to a significant extent created these Administrations' historical legacies. From the moment of their utterance they became publicly accessible, official documents of the Administration's posture and policies.

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