This book offers a different account of the relationship between the American identity of exceptionalism and U.S. foreign policy. Conventional wisdom suggests that a "schizophrenic" American exceptionalist identity has inspired a dichotomous foreign policy tradition that cycles between isolationism and internationalism. Challenging this view the author argues that there instead has been a continuous and strong unilateral internationalist foreign policy throughout U.S. history. This foreign policy tradition is closely linked to the self-perceived American exceptional purpose in world history. The United States, the author argues, has not vacillated between "exemplarist" and "missionary" identities to the degree conventional accounts argue, but has instead developed a complex exceptionalist identity that idealizes the "City upon a Hill" in its historical narrative, yet more often than not errs on the side of the missionary crusade in its foreign policy.
Discarding old truisms and tropes, the author casts familiar events such as the Puritans coming to America, the settlers moving westward, Woodrow Wilson and Henry Cabot Lodge fighting over how to make the world safe for American democracy, and Franklin Roosevelt creating the United Nations in a new light, linking these historical junctures together to show how American exceptionalism leads to ever more expanding, ever more activist foreign policies on the part of the United States.
She's all alone; lost. She drinks her problems away. She hides herself with makeup. Hanging out with friends she would never hangout before. Going to clubs and getting lost in the music and hooking up with strangers. She's a girl she never thought she would become. She fell apart and It's all because of Vince. Before Vince she was a straight A student. She was a dreamer but now what is she? She reminisces the past searching for hope. She's losing her mind all because she is keeping one little secret; hidden and it all has to do with Vince. So what is that secret she is hiding and can she get herself back together?
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