Americans’ Foreign Policy Preference: Stay Out of It

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President Barack Obama is facing conflicting demands over foreign policy. On the one hand, in light of Russia’s continued aggression, many are demanding that he show greater strength, saying sanctions are ineffective as a strategy and that Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing no signs of removing his troops from the border, while those Russian entities already in Ukraine continue to wreak havoc on government buildings. On the other, a poll of Americans by The Wall Street Journal shows an overall strong opposition to American involvement in world affairs and a majority desire for less activity internationally — a position that’s backed by other polls.

The desire for a more aggressive foreign policy tactic comes in large part from Republicans in Congress such as Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who said Monday that he believes further “tepid” sanctions will be ineffective, and suggested that the U.S. focus on Russia’s financial sector and its energy sector while also providing aid to Ukraine’s military.

After a week of rhetoric from the administration, I had hoped we would have responded to Russia’s blatant violations of its commitment to cease efforts to destabilize Ukraine with more than just a slap on the wrist,” he said. “Until Putin feels the real pain of sanctions … I don’t think diplomacy will change Russian behavior and de-escalate this crisis.”

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