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The e-book examines a serious time and position in fresh international background (the finish of the chilly conflict) and the innovations and values hired within the public international relations of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct family and overseas consensus. It offers perception into the makes use of of Presidential energy and offers a version and a demonstration of the way the position of rhetoric can be used to check the international coverage of the U.S..

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The familiar self-flagellation strain of American exceptionalism could be found in criticism of the Bush Administration for not moving fast enough to provide a response in kind to Soviet glasnost and perestroika. 98 While such dissatisfaction may also be seen as a symptom of the long-standing post-Vietnam distrust of government, the Eastern European revolutions and the Soviet overtures for peace catalyzed demands for a review of established behavior and certainly constituted a climax of the pressures for an overhaul of governmental practice and thinking.

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. Carter's rhetoric proposed a spiritual renewal of the United States which would lead inevitably to the augmentation of the United States' power.

Debating exceptionalism at the end of the Cold War The events of 1989 in the Soviet Union and East-Central Europe provided opportunities for rethinking, even transformation, but they also created staggering difficulties of reconceptualization for elite consensus-builders. The end of the Cold War provided both a challenge to and a vindication of American exceptionalism. Adjoining the paradigm-shattering shift in international affairs was the routine necessity of agenda-setting and governance. The Bush and Clinton Administrations competed with numerous members of the communication elite for control over how the end of the Cold War would be interpreted.

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