My area of what little expertise I possess is in foreign policy and international relations…….especially in the field of conflict (war)…….
My ventures out to the public sphere I encounter many people that have NO idea what foreign policy the US is pursuing other than China bad……there is a disconnect and huge disconnect…..
The American people have not grasp the idea that the US is a global nation, as much as Trump and his minions want it otherwise, and they. the people, need to know what is being done internationally in their name…..
During the Cold War, Washington’s foreign policy establishment operated comfortable in the knowledge that sizeable majorities supported vigorous American global leadership in the struggle with the Soviet Union. More recently, however, many observers have started worrying about the growing disconnect between the Washington’s elites and the public. The scholar Walter Russell Mead argued in a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece that the most important question in world politics today is “Will U.S. public opinion continue to support an active and strategically focused foreign policy?
The answer is a qualified yes. Americans on balance remain committed to international engagement but advocates of the status quo are right to worry because Americans increasingly disagree with Washington about how to engage the world.
Another problem with this disconnect is that the wars we are still fighting has no end…..because most Americans could care less….and this apathy is effecting the Pentagon……
Donald Trump’s three-quarters-of-a-trillion-dollar defense budget request submitted to Congress last month contains a dirty secret, one that should make us all think twice about perpetual war and public support for it.
The youth of America don’t want to serve in the military any more.
The situation has become so dire that just to maintain America’s ground forces – the army and Marine Corps – the two services are resorting to unprecedented pay raises, bonuses and socialist trappings.
And things are going to get worse. This year, for the first time ever, Americans born after 11September 2001 will be able to enlist in the armed forces. It’s a sobering reminder both of how long we’ve been at war but also how distant those very wars have become from America’s youth. And yet official military polling shows that fewer and fewer young Americans consider the military as a career or as a transitional step – only some 12.5% – the lowest number in a decade.
The Pentagon as well as the M-IC needs warm bodies to keep the profits rolling……if it falls too low I look for the chance of another draft to fill the unused sections of the military.