The electorate’s rejection of military adventurism, involvement in foreign conflicts, and world policing continues to grow. We have seen this in polls regarding specific conflicts (Syria, Ukraine) and in more general polling questions.
According to a the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll 47 percent of Americans want to see the United States become less active in world affairs. Another 30 percent want our foreign affair activities to remain at their current level and just 19 percent want to see the country become more active in world affairs.
After a decade of fighting two wars that have drained the country’s resources there is little desire to throw more taxpayer money at things happening on the other side of the planet.
There are few issues where the disconnect between the beltway conversation and the opinions of regular people is so great. While someone like Sen. John McCain often dominates the Sunday news shows when they talk about foreign policy issues, he represents only a tiny fringe segment of the public.
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