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By Joan Hoff

ISBN-10: 0521879051

ISBN-13: 9780521879057

Professor Joan Hoff's A Faustian international coverage: Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush opinions U.S. international coverage in this interval by means of exhibiting how moralistic international relations has more and more taken on Faustian overtones. so long as the ideological end result of the chilly warfare remained unsure, there has been little explanation for presidents or govt selection makers to query the unethical points of U.S. kin with the remainder of the area or the common and unparalleled nature of yankee values. September eleven allowed the U.S. to say its exceptionalism and dominance extra unilaterally than ever prior to.

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This is the inherent, unintended danger of all presidential doctrines. ”11 The possibility that diplomatic doctrines designed for another era will live on after they have outlived their original purpose simply because growth in national power makes them enforceable underscores the peril embodied in such proclamations. This “life after obsolescence” is distinctly true of presidential doctrines that become official without congressional approval (a practice going back to Washington’s Proclamation of Neutrality with its insistence on political isolationism).

The same was true of the presidential declaration known as the Monroe Doctrine. ”8 This became known as the nonintervention or nonentanglement provision. The only new ingredient of the Monroe Doctrine was the noncolonization principle; the other three had been anticipated by or actually closely associated with the earlier American foreign policy concepts of neutrality and political isolationism. Noncolonization, however, was an oblique way to claim the right of self-determination for all of the Western Hemisphere, not simply the United States.

Finally, at the end of the Cold War the country became the wealthiest nation in world history. These economic sea changes have typically been accompanied by periods of national identity crisis and changes in the domestic culture and political economy (the 1890s, 1920s, 1950s, and 1990s). America’s last identity crisis began in the early 1990s, temporarily receded with the return of prosperity in 1996, was resurrected by the September 11 terrorist attacks, seemed to disappear with the patriotism prompted by those events, only to return when Iraq did not turn out to be another “splendid little” Gulf War.

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