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From Berlin to BaghdadAmerica's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World$
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Hal Brands

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124629

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124629.001.0001

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The Politics of Foreign Policy

The Politics of Foreign Policy

(p.231) 8 The Politics of Foreign Policy
From Berlin to Baghdad

Hal Brands

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the question of whether the lack of a rhetorical paradigm in foreign policy might complicate the attempts of the administration to justify its individual diplomatic initiatives. Strobe Talbott acknowledged the fact that if they were not motivated by a clear threat or a compelling goal, Americans tended to lose interest in foreign affairs. This discussion shows that the rhetorical shortcomings of Bill Clinton's strategy brought about a significant diminution of his power in foreign affairs. It also states that Clinton's inability to maintain control of U.S. policy indicated a failure to overcome the post-Cold War dilemma that he had inherited.

Keywords:   rhetorical paradigm, foreign policy, diplomatic initiatives, Strobe Talbott, Bill Clinton, foreign affairs, strategy, post-Cold War dilemma

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