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31 This view was not based on `arrogance', argued Steele, but on genuine altruism. Even among these critics of exceptionalist-driven foreign policy, and of the `myth' of exceptionalism, there was the conviction that the United States was uniquely situated, even destined, to be a force for change and the amelioration of the suffering of foreign peoples. Indeed, their displeasure stemmed from their disappointment in this regard. This original contradiction or tension of exceptionalism, the tension between its promotion of freedom and tolerance and its universalizing, homogenizing qualities, was exemplified in the rhetoric of John F.
The differences in policy focus, political experience and para-ideology suggested by the contrasts in these recurring themes make the mutual reliance of Bush and Clinton on an overarching message of American exceptionalism even more significant. These themes were not window-dressing; they defined presidencies and to a significant extent created these Administrations' historical legacies. From the moment of their utterance they became publicly accessible, official documents of the Administration's posture and policies.
73 One Newsweek columnist observed that the Cold War's end was linked to an imminent identity crisis and ambivalence about this shift transcended partisanship. 74 Is the shining city in decline? The `city on a hill' was in peril in the declinist texts of the late 1980s and early 1990s such as Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and Walter Russell Mead's Mortal Splendor and `On the Road to Ruin. 77 George F. 78 Such a position reflected the seriousness of American concerns about their economic well-being and the United States' ability to compete in the global financial arena.