• Title: Imperial Benevolence: U.S. Foreign Policy and American Popular Culture Since 9/11
  • Author: Scott Laderman Tim Gruenewald
  • ISBN: 9780520971028
  • Page: 494
  • Format: ebook
  • Imperial Benevolence U S Foreign Policy and American Popular Culture Since We don t seek empires We re not imperialistic We never have been I can t imagine why you d even ask the question So snapped Donald Rumsfeld at a reporter for Al Jazeera in just weeks after the G
    We don t seek empires We re not imperialistic We never have been I can t imagine why you d even ask the question So snapped Donald Rumsfeld at a reporter for Al Jazeera in 2003, just weeks after the George W Bush administration launched its invasion of Iraq While most scholars speak without hesitation about the United States as an imperial power, much of the Ameri We don t seek empires We re not imperialistic We never have been I can t imagine why you d even ask the question So snapped Donald Rumsfeld at a reporter for Al Jazeera in 2003, just weeks after the George W Bush administration launched its invasion of Iraq While most scholars speak without hesitation about the United States as an imperial power, much of the American public, like the former secretary of defense, maintains otherwise Imperialism is a bad word in the American political lexicon it s something they do, not us Millions of Americans prefer to see their government s actions abroad as selfless, benevolent, even divinely inspired This exceptionalist mentality has deep roots, from the humanitarian objectives ascribed to eighteenth and nineteenth century continental expansion to the recent characterizations of the United States as a global policeman tasked with upholding international norms and laws Imperial Benevolence examines the ways that American popular culture since 9 11 has broadly presented the United States as a global force for good, a reluctant hegemon working to defend human rights and protect or expand democracy from the barbarians determined to destroy it While there have been notable exceptions, much of popular culture since 9 11 has assumed American innocence The United States may occasionally appear a bungler, and there can be rogue elements that attempt to undermine the government s official policies, but the basic goodness that drives American foreign relations its diplomacy, its military interventions, its people to people encounters rarely gets challenged Provided by publisher.

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