Conservatives Say US is Losing Influence Abroad


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Yesterday, The Hill published an article on how conservatives are concerned that the U.S. is losing its global influence because of the Obama administration's policies. In the last year, some Republican lawmakers have bemoaned the Obama administration's policy on Syria and the nuclear deal with Iran (agreed to with other members of the P5+1 nations). 

There are of course some Republicans who are not fans of the U.S. being overly involved abroad, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) who, as Reason.com's Nick Gillespie pointed in an article for The Daily Beast, "consistently take on their own party when it comes to limiting executive power, rolling back the surveillance state and other war-on-terror excesses and redefining foreign policy."

While some conservatives might argue that the U.S. is losing its global influence, recent polling suggests that most Americans support the U.S. minding its own business.

Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center published its latest poll on American attitudes towards America's place in the world. The results of the poll show that for the first time in almost fifty years a majority of Americans believe that the U.S. should mind its own business when it comes to foreign affairs.

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Some Republicans might not be impressed with the state of America's global influence under Obama's presidency, but Pew's polling suggests that a majority of Americans are fine with the U.S. being less involved in other countries' affairs.