By S. McEvoy-Levy
The booklet examines a severe time and position in contemporary international heritage (the finish of the chilly conflict) and the concepts and values hired within the public international relations of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct family and foreign consensus. It presents perception into the makes use of of Presidential strength and gives a version and an indication of ways the function of rhetoric can be used to review the international coverage of the USA.
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The personality model underlines rhetoric's revelatory qualities; it reveals a speaker's personal experience and beliefs. The rational actor model omits reference to rhetoric but all policy speeches cry rational action. Thus, whether rationality is in reality the driving force, the public is persuaded that it is; and in trying to deceive others, some policy-makers may also come to deceive themselves. Considering the rhetoric of government officials from a rational actor point of view is useful for gauging how others will view US foreign policy.
56 Proving the point the Pentagon's customary overview of threats and postures provided at the beginning of each new Administration provoked controversy in early 1990. 57 A Pentagon official admitted that some of the report's recommendations did seem inconsistent with current Soviet behavior. One defense planner, analyzing the document, described a Pentagon suffering from an `identity crisis', `rudderless' without the Cold War and `scrambling to justify the [. 58 As the official Cold War agencies redefined themselves, so too did those interest and protest groups which had defined themselves in opposition to the Cold War.
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.
American Exceptionalism and US Foreign Policy: Public Diplomacy at the End of the Cold War by S. McEvoy-Levy