By Julie A. Mertus
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Extra resources for Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy
S. S. interests, human rights advocates within the Bush administration had a strong platform from which to frame their arguments. S. policy on human rights issues, although the exact extent of media influence during this time period is debatable. S. 79Yet in the case of Somalia, there was not much media coverage before the decision to act, and thus media coverage cannot be credited with prompting the intervention. S. ”80 The media does prove influential, but only in limited cases. 86 While the human rights supporters within government did not exercise appreciable policy setting, they did find some success in obtaining specific goals in the Bush administration, in contrast to the Reagan era.
President Clinton explained the policy in his 1994 State of the Union address. ”111 The vision of democracy promoted by the Clinton administration was democracy American style, linking free markets to the political freedoms characteristic of the American form of government. In practice, this blended privatization and open-trade projects with minimal guarantees of civil and political rights and free and fair elections. 112 Overt promotion of these tenets increased after the bailout of the Mexican peso in 1995, and especially after the Asian economic crisis of 1997.
Foreign policy has only recently assumed an interest in human rights—that interest has been there all along. What is new is the frequency with which the United States has invoked human rights as rhetorical justifications for its actions. S. foreign policy has traditionally been framed in terms of national interests. S. S. 4 Regardless of whether one sees a redefinition of national interest or a greater accommodation of moral considerations, the United States does in fact rhetorically invoke human rights concerns in its foreign dealings with increasing frequency.