Foreign Policy and Public Opinion

July 15, 1994 • Volume 4, Issue 26
Have Americans grown tired of world affairs?
By Kenneth Jost


With the Cold War over, Americans are divided and uncertain about the United States' role in the world. Polls find a strong desire to concentrate on domestic problems and a marked reluctance to send U.S. troops abroad. Yet the United States remains a world superpower. And most people still say they want the United States to be active in world affairs. The Clinton administration has grappled with these mixed views in responding to the war in Bosnia, the military junta in Haiti and North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Some critics say President Clinton should be doing more to develop public support for a stronger U.S. stance on these issues. But Clinton and his supporters say the administration has acted to protect U.S. interests without risking unnecessary military confrontations.

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