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Overview

Addressing issues of continuing if not heightened relevance to contemporary debate, America at the Brink of Empire explores the foreign policy leadership of Dean Rusk and Henry Kissinger regarding the extent of the United States' mission to insure a stable world order. Lawrence W. Serewicz argues that in the Vietnam conflict the United States experienced an identity crisis-a near Machiavellian moment, to use the concept of J. G. A. Pocock-whereby America came close to assuming an imperial role, stretching the country to the limits of its identity as a republic. Serewicz offers a revealing look at the parts played by Rusk and Kissinger-and President Lyndon Johnson-in bringing the nation to the brink of empire in the years 1963-75.

As a true believer in liberal internationalism, Rusk set the stage by defining the war in Vietnam as a threat to the world order based on the United Nations security system created after World War II. Johnson kept an open-ended commitment in Vietnam without a clear goal in sight even as he pursued the ambitious domestic reforms of the Great Society. In refusing to choose between either an imperial mission or a true republican position for the nation, he brought it perilously close to becoming an empire, ultimately failing to achieve his goals either at home or abroad. Kissinger corrected for Johnson's overreach, implementing a pragmatic realism based upon the principle that the United States is an ordinary country-a republic, not an empire-within the international community and therefore must balance its commitments with its resources.

In concluding, Serewicz reflects on the continuing relevance of the Machiavellian moment for the United States by observing the differences and similarities between the presidencies of Johnson and George W. Bush. America at the Brink of Empire illuminates the far-reaching consequences of Rusk's and Kissinger's widely divergent foreign policy philosophies and outlines the tension that a statesman must reconcile between a republican government and the maintenance of a stable world order.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807131794
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Political Traditions in Foreign Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence W. Serewicz works for the Wear Valley District in the Northeast of England.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Republic or Empire?     1
Dean Rusk: Pacta Sunt Servanda     22
Lyndon Johnson's Flawed Statesmanship and the Near Machiavellian Moment in American Foreign Policy     43
Henry Kissinger: Machiavelli's Advisor     83
Rusk and Kissinger: The High Priest of Principle and the Dark Prince of Power     112
Rusk or Kissinger: Can America Be Reconciled to the World?     142
Applying the Machiavellian Moment to the Presidency of George W. Bush     151
Notes     169
Bibliography     209
Index     223
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