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Do Americans Want A More "Active" Foreign Policy?

American media has alot to do with American wars - they're the propaganda outlets and from Saddam Hussein to Bashir Assad to ISIS, they drum the fear in to people and lead us into various destructive conflicts. Rand Paul is a very serious threat to this establishment as, unlike Obama - who campaigned on expanding the war in Afghanistan, Rand has his dad's philosophy of foreign policy - don't entangle yourself and lead by example.

In D.C. world, that is "isolationism." Wars make alot of money - possibly faster than any other industry - and their merger with defense of fossil fuels for Western use makes for a horrible mess in which the United States is perpetually at war in the Middle East. The propaganda shows in polls;

Among Republicans who say they identify with the tea party, 54% now say the U.S. does too little to help solve world problems, and only 33% say the U.S. does too much.

That’s almost a mirror image of opinions among that group last year, when 54% said the U.S. was doing too much and 22% said too little.

That shift among conservative Republicans, if it persists, could pose a big challenge to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), whose advocacy of less overseas involvement by the U.S. forms a central part of his potential presidential campaign.

Paul's foreign policy approach, which critics in the party have labeled isolationist, has appealed to many conservatives, but could now be out of sync with a major shift in public attitudes, the poll indicates.

Optimistically, 33% is still quite a bit among conservative Republicans to think US foreign policy is "doing too much." The thing is that the world has become more dangerous and I do not think Rand Paul would disagree with that. The reasons why it has become more dangerous isn't that the U.S. has "backed off." Obama is not a non-interventionist - he has intervened in nearly half a dozen countries since he became president. ISIS is powerful because they were given equipment and weapons in Syria by the United States and were so actively sponsored that they even got to meet John McCain.

Pollsters in the mainstream media are biased, though - they know the payoff in war so, if you agree that the world has become more dangerous, you support a more "active" American foreign policy. It's very simplistic for them - "active" means military force and not soft power. The U.S. is active when it brings aid to the Phillipines after an earthquake or helps distribute condoms in Africa - policies like that don't bring the sort of blowback that arming Islamic militants does.


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