American involvement in the internal affairs of other countries is not favored by a huge majority of Americans. Any politician running on a non-interventionist platform would have a big leg up next fall. Americans know that American interventions in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya were all catastrophic disasters. There is no credible evidence to the contrary. Here Pat Buchanan rolls out the red carpet for a return to the Federal Republic form of non-intervention intended by our Founders in the Constitution.
According to a new Pew poll, 52 percent of Americans believe “the U.S. should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.” Only 38 percent disagree.
Asked if the United States should think less in “international terms but concentrate more on our national problems,” Americans agree by 80-16, or a ratio of 5-to-1.
As Max Fisher of the Washington Post writes, this sentiment manifest itself decisively in the uprising last summer against U.S. intervention in Syria. Red line or no red line, the people told Obama, we want no part of Syria’s civil war. It is not our war. Obama belatedly agreed.