Poll: Americans Turn Sharply Against Interventionism

Poll: Americans Turn Sharply Against Interventionism | First time in 40 years Americans want to ‘mind their own business’

Polling data released today by the Pew Research Center showed the start of what may well be an historic shift in the American public’s foreign policy priorities away from a multi-decade bias toward globalist interventionism and toward what the center called “isolationist sentiment.”

But far from isolationist, the policy supported appeared to be a less bellicose, decidedly non-interventionist foreign policy, but one which still recognized the value of foreign trade (more supportive of free trade now than in previous polls, in fact).

The real eye-popping statistic, however, was that for the first time in the poll’s 40 year history, most Americans supported a policy of “minding its own business internationally.

Fascinatingly enough the study asked the same questions of members of the Council on Foreign Relations, and showed that the group of influential policy-makers still sees the world with largely the same mindset it had been in the past, seeing America needing to take a “leadership” role in the world and putting top priority on more interventionist policies.

The transition is far from complete. Most Americans, for instance, still support military action against Iran in principle and many still have a troubling attachment to the value of torture. But if the trend continues, the more interesting question will be if the CFR members start to catch up with popular sentiment on foreign policy or if the split between popular opinion and government policy will continue to grow.

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  • Perun

    Most Americans, for instance, still support military action against Iran in principle and many still have a troubling attachment to the value of torture.
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    Mr.Adolf and his boys enjoyed similar support and were extremely fond of torture as well.

  • Well, well, well – it looks as if some of the people are finally waking up to the advantages of soft-power as opposed to the idiotic, neoconservative resorts of hard-power. Joseph Ney should be very pleased, and Obama should have nominated him for Secretary of State instead of the person whom he did nominate.

  • Johnny Dangereaux

    Funny they took the time to single out the CFR people.
    War will be greatly reduced when we END THE FED! Google CFR and N.Y. Fed and see for yourself.
    If you want the dirty low-down, then read this book. If you want to remain on the surface, then don't.

    http://www.apfn.org/apfn/reserve.htm

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  • minemule

    American public opinion against an interventionlist foreign policy may be changing, but the policy itself will not change as long as Israel's interest and Wall Street's interest are given top priority by the Zionist who control our monetary system. And I do not think the Zionist will be giving up ownership and control of the Federal Reserve anytime soon.

  • Steve Hogan

    Someday very soon it won't matter what the American people will think about minding our own business, because we'll be too broke to do otherwise. When the checks no longer clear, the empire will fold up like a tent. That moment can't come soon enough.

  • 100% correct!

  • "Poll: Americans Turn Sharply Against Interventionism." Well, that is wonderful news indeed. Unfortunately, the federal government isn't listening to the people and has no intention of doing so now or in the future. That is because the federal government is owned lock, stock and barrel the American Ruling Establishment (ARE). The ARE is composed of; leading politicians in both of the major political parties, the Pentagon, the CFR, the FED and the kingpins of Wall Street. The ARE is simply this: a viper's nest of crooks, liars, thieves and murderers. They have been looting and enslaving the American people for well over a century. It is far too late in the game to reform the federal government and roll back the tyranny that has all but destroyed our liberties, our property rights and our prosperity. Know this for a fact: the federal government is bankrupt; fiscally, morally and spiritually. In 1776 the American people found a solution to the tyranny of their times. It is also the same solution for the tyranny of our times. The solution is this: SECESSION!

    • minemule

      You are absolutely correct. The war of 1776 was a war fought against the tyranny of their times. But I would also add that the War To Prevent Southern Indepence (mistakenly refered to as the Civil War) was fought for the same principles and for many of the same reasons.
      One of the great tragedies of history is that the South lost that war, and although a great number of Northeners are yet unaware of it, their loss was just as great as our's. One author expressed it well with this quote; "The people of the North and South entered the war as sovereign citizens of their respective States, but they left the war as subjects of a central government."

  • omop

    At long last the sentiments and non neocon lobby interests (pro-israel; pro interventionism in south america, etc,.) are returning to the standards and principles enunciated by US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson before the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal in 1945. " To initiate a war of aggression is the supreme international crime differing only from other crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole…. we [USA] are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoked against us."

    By invading Iraq and Afghanistan the Bush Administration according to the principles laid down by a US Supreme Court Justice.

  • It does not matter if war with Iran isn't wanted by Westerners. Iran wants war and they are going to get it.

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  • Johnny Dangereaux

    Funny they took the time to single out the CFR people.
    War will be greatly reduced when we END THE FED! Google CFR and N.Y. Fed and see for yourself.
    If you want the dirty low-down, then read this book. If you want to remain on the surface, then don't.

    http://www.apfn.org/apfn/reserve.htm

  • andy

    The term "isolationist" is a vicious kee-jerk smear! I'm all for trade, travel and cultural exchanges. I simply don't want an interventionist militarist foreign policy where Americans involve themselves, kill and get killed needlessly.

    • Andy, I couldn't agree more. I would only add this: our "interventionist militarist foreign policy" is also bankrupting the American people

  • David Smith

    Yes, the word "isolationist" is a pejorative, designed to stop the conversation. If you are an isolationist, or course, you must be some kind of Nazi. As if there is no other way to interact with the world than killing people.

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