By S. McEvoy-Levy
The booklet examines a severe time and position in contemporary global heritage (the finish of the chilly conflict) and the suggestions and values hired within the public international relations of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct household and overseas consensus. It presents perception into the makes use of of Presidential energy and gives a version and a demonstration of the way the function of rhetoric can be used to review the international coverage of the us.
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29 This arrogant exceptionalism undermined humanitarian motives when they existed. 31 This view was not based on `arrogance', argued Steele, but on genuine altruism. Even among these critics of exceptionalist-driven foreign policy, and of the `myth' of exceptionalism, there was the conviction that the United States was uniquely situated, even destined, to be a force for change and the amelioration of the suffering of foreign peoples. Indeed, their displeasure stemmed from their disappointment in this regard.
American exceptionalism seemed crucially disabled but it endured in altered form in the rationale and rhetoric of the Transatlantic movement and its European-based institutions, and was nationally revived under Carter. Carter's attempts to reaffirm US `moral stature' entailed a focus on human rights, nuclear disarmament, and the global economy. This departure in American foreign policy was supported by the reintroduction of the exceptionalism theme. In referring to the United States' `unique self-definition which has given us exceptional appeal',36 Carter promoted a policy of global order-building and de-emphasized the US±Soviet confrontation.
Alexis de Tocqueville was the first to explicitly refer to America as `exceptional' relative to all other countries,4 but the uniqueness and moral superiority of America is referred to in the earliest writings of the Puritan colonists. 5 The Great Migration of 1630 consisted of pilgrims who left with a positive sense of mission, of being a chosen people blessed by a covenant with God. 7 The Puritan idea of American exceptionalism was further enhanced by Enlightenment ideals; the American mission to remake the world in its image was justified not just by God but by reason and in the cause of progress and human perfectibility.
American Exceptionalism and US Foreign Policy: Public Diplomacy at the End of the Cold War by S. McEvoy-Levy