Rhetorical Constructions of Global Community: Presidents and the UN (pp. 283-305)
Authors: Andrew D. Barnes and Mary E. Stuckey
Abstract: Whatever else we know about American foreign policy and the rhetoric that accompanies it, scholars have established World War II as a watershed moment. That war finalized processes, underway since the turn of the century, confirming the United States as an important economic and military power. It legitimized many ideological assumptions underlying the development of that power. It provided an unarguable set of enemies that could be and were used by presidents as they defended the use of power. The World War and the Cold War that followed set the political agenda and provided rhetorical resources for presidents. The United Nations, born in the aftermath of the War, served as an important foreign policy instrument throughout the Cold War. The UN thus provides a useful window through which American foreign policy and its rhetorical underpinnings can be understood.