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This e-book examines the nuances and distinctive rhetorical contributions President invoice Clinton made to America's overseas coverage tradition. it's one of the first of its variety to supply a finished account of President Clinton's international coverage rhetoric whereas additionally synthesizing rules that underwrite America's international coverage tradition.

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This depiction of American Indians as primitive savages clouded the general public’s ability to see Indians as equals, thus making them subservient to the government and “civilized” society. As American Indians were considered primitive savages, they could not understand the benefits of owning property, tilling the land, becoming proper citizens, or participating as part of the American public. 54 The primitive savage image eventually worked its way into foreign policy argument to depict America’s external foes.

John F. : The United States Government Printing Office, 1961), 4. Hereafter, known as The Public Papers. 42. Tony Smith, America’s Mission: The United States and the Worldwide Struggle for the Democracy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995). 43. There is a growing consensus that the missions of exemplar and intervention are intertwined rather than in tension. ” However, how they are intertwined is still somewhat of a debate. In chapter 2 of this project I contend that the two missions are intertwined, but America’s mission of intervention is predicated on renewing the mission of exemplar; whereas during the Cold War it was the reverse.

The image of the savage, especially a modern savage, supplies the drive for the United States to use force to expunge the agent from its symbolic universe. Additionally, the construction of the enemy through images of savagery rhetorically strips the target of civilization and humanity. These images of savagery make it unsustainable for audiences to publicly identify with a particular enemy, as to do so they would have to rationalize the enemy’s behavior—a task that appears to be untenable because no civilized audience would ever approve of such actions.

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