By Trevor McCrisken
American Exceptionalism and the Legacy of Vietnam examines the impact of the assumption in American exceptionalism at the heritage of U.S. international coverage because the Vietnam conflict. Trevor B. McCrisken analyzes makes an attempt by way of each one post-Vietnam U.S. management to restore the preferred trust in exceptionalism either rhetorically and by means of pursuing overseas coverage supposedly grounded in conventional American rules. He argues that exceptionalism regularly supplied the framework for international coverage discourse yet that the behavior of overseas affairs was once constrained by way of the Vietnam syndrome.
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Public officials, military strategists, journalists, scholars and the American public could find no definitive answer to the question of what the lessons of the Vietnam War were for American society. The term ‘Vietnam syndrome’ became widely used to describe the collective lessons and legacies of the war, particularly in the political-military realm. 66 Yet even those policy makers who have advocated and utilized the use of force since Vietnam have been largely restricted by a need to apply the instrumental lessons learned in that war.
The chapters will also demonstrate that each administration’s foreign policy, especially in the application of force, was conducted in accordance with the apparent lessons learned in Vietnam that would enable the US to avoid again acting in ways that were The End of American Exceptionalism? 39 inconsistent with the ideas of exceptionalism. It will be shown how the legacy of Vietnam became further institutionalized with each administration. Finally, it will be concluded that despite the best efforts of each administration, US foreign policy action was frequently out of step with its exceptionalist rhetoric.
43 Nixon and Kissinger came to power determined to establish a new international order based on the primacy of the United States. They sought to improve American relations with both China and the Soviet Union. To make this possible, though, they believed the US must be perceived as acting from a position of strength. Any withdrawal from Vietnam, therefore, would have to be conducted in a manner which demonstrated to allies and adversaries that the US was still a force to be reckoned with in international affairs.
American Exceptionalism and the Legacy of Vietnam: US Foreign Policy since 1974 by Trevor McCrisken