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By S. McEvoy-Levy

ISBN-10: 1349420611

ISBN-13: 9781349420612

The publication examines a serious time and position in fresh global background (the finish of the chilly struggle) and the recommendations 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 energy and gives a version and an indication of ways the position of rhetoric can be used to review the international coverage of the USA.

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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.

But the idea of exceptionalism has also legitimized isolationism and has been the spur for periods of national disillusionment and `selfcondemnation'. Originating in the Puritan vision of the New World `city on a hill', the idea of American exceptionalism evolved in tandem with an evolution in the United States' power. From explaining the United States' God-ordained mission to be a reforming counter to European corruptness, exceptionalism has been evoked to account for, or to enable, US leadership during every important period of geopolitical transition since the late nineteenth century.

55 However, intelligence budgets, planned far in advance, were still oriented to Cold War preoccupations and methods of operation. Indeed one member of the House Intelligence Committee admitted that the US was `still operating in somewhat of a shell-shocked condition. '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.

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