What we find surprising about these results is that merely a decade ago, jingoistic saber rattling seemed to be an effective recruitment tool for at least one major political party in this country. Perhaps the reality is setting in that U.S. policies of intervention traditionally have had ripple effects that are causing more and more problems for the nation. For example, U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan have not resulted in more stability in that part of the world but only have served to increased turmoil. Our incursions seem to have disrupted a “natural” balance of nation states unfriendly to the U.S. keeping each other at bay and therefore off our backs.
By the same token, despite flag waving at political rallies, there may be more national recognition that more energy needs to be devoted toward solving our own socieoeconomic problems.
We’re not advocating a policy of isolationism but rather that we temper our awareness of what is going on in the world around us with a measured respect of other people’s “sovereignty,” yet compassion for those who seek humanitarian understanding and assistance. In other words, we have to recognize that the U.S. can’t solve everyone’s problems and we have to learn that sometimes we can do more harm than good by intervening in the wrong way. Seems the people our coming to that understanding. It remains to be seem whether politicians will pick up on that message anytime soon.
Americans Want to Pull Back From World Stage, Poll Finds
Nearly Half Surveyed in WSJ/NBC Poll Back Anti—Interventionist Stance That Sweeps Across Party Lines
By JANET HOOK CONNECT
A WSJ/NBC News poll shows that approval of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy sank to the lowest level of his presidency. Pictured, Mr. Obama at a news conference in Tokyo on April 24. Bloomberg
Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs even as a showdown with Russia over Ukraine preoccupies Washington, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.
In a marked change from past decades, nearly half of those surveyed want the U.S. to be less active on the global stage, with fewer than one-fifth calling for more active engagement—an anti-interventionist current that sweeps across party lines.via Americans Want to Pull Back from World Stage, WSJ Poll Finds – WSJ.com.