A return to isolationism?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. Interesting story below about the American people moving more toward isolationism, as I think the focus is shifting back to the problems here in America that are not being dealt with. The poll below from the article relfects the shift over the years....


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    By Susan Page and David Jackson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON — Americans, anxious about the costs of the Iraq war and the impact of a global economy, are increasingly wary of engagement in the world.

    In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, nearly half of those surveyed said the United States "should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own." Three years ago, just one-third felt that way.

    "There seems to be a turning inward across the American spectrum," says Charles Kupchan, a former State Department and National Security Council aide who now teaches at Georgetown University. He calls it "an inevitable consequence of Iraq."

    The leave-us-alone mood is apparent not only in the proportion of Americans, 64%, who want all or some of the U.S. troops in Iraq to come home now.

    It's also reflected in concern about illegal immigration — eight of 10 said it was "out of control" — and in the furious public reaction to reports last month that a Dubai-owned firm was poised to take over cargo operations at ports in six states. After the outcry, the deal was undone.