It took 9/11 and two resulting wars for Americans to realize the merits of a non-interventionist foreign policy. A poll released Thursday by The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press showed 49 percent of Americans think America should “mind its own business internationally.”
The poll has been conducted every four years since 1964 in collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations and is part of the project, “America’s Place in The World.” According to the Examiner, the results are an all time high:
“For the first time in more than 40 years of polling, a plurality (49%) says the United States should let other countries get along the best they can on their own and not interfere in their affairs.”
According to the Examiner, just 30 percent of Americans thought the same in Dec. 2002 and only 18 percent of Americans supported such and “isolationist approach” in 1964.
Interestingly, the American public is not in agreement with CFR members. While 50 percent of CFR members think troop levels should be increased in Afghanistan, only 32 percent of Americans feels the same. And 40 percent of Americans say troop levels should be decreased in Afghanistan compared to only 24 percent of CFR members.
The results released by the center are exciting. Perhaps Americans are finally realizing that playing world cop is not only immoral, It’s costly. Such a stance is not isolationist, it’s non-interventionist. And it’s common sense.