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S. S. 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.

Diplomats invoke human rights rhetoric so frequently that, to some extent, they have built up expectations that the United States will demand compliance with human rights norms. S. 6 The framing of policy choices in human rights terms, however, must compete with alternative ways of interpreting the problem and, worse yet, the general public accepts these alternatives as viable choices. To put it bluntly, human rights are not the only game in town, and quite frequently other games garner more attention.

S. 69 In the realm of treaty law, Bush’s record was mixed. He signed and sent to the Senate the UN Convention against Torture and obtained consent to ratify that treaty as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which had been signed by Carter. S. S. 73 The UN Human Rights Commission found that the United States’ reservations to the ICCPR go too far, making them incompatible with the object and purpose of the covenant and therefore in violation of international law.

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