A very large number of Americans believe we should stop acting the role of world ruler. Those Americans represent the majority opinion of the American people: They believe we should have a major role to play in the world's affairs, but not a predominant role.
Yet, the will of the majority of Americans is simply not represented by anyone in the American Foreign Policy Community. Neither the Liberals, nor the Conservatives, nor the Neocons of the Foreign Policy Establishment give a damn about what the majority of Americans want. Instead, there is an entrenched and dangerous consensus in the Foreign Policy Community that America should be the predominant power in the world. As Glenn Greenwald writes:
What the hell? Just how many Americans do you suppose would support the Foreign Policy Community if they knew how it thinks?
The Number One Rule of the bi-partisan Foreign Policy Community is that America has the right to invade and attack other countries at will because American power is inherently good and our role in the world is to rule it though the use of superior military force. Paying homage to that imperialistic orthodoxy is a non-negotiable pre-requisite to maintaining Good Standing and Seriousness Credentials within the Foreign Policy Community.Conversely, one who denies that premise reveals oneself to be deeply unserious and unworthy of meaningful discourse. While differences on the "when" and "how" are permitted, there is virtually no debate within the foreign policy establishment about whether the U.S. has the right to continue to intervene and attack and invade and occupy other countries in the absence of those countries attacking us.
Make no mistake: This is the very same Foreign Policy Community that supported -- and still supports -- Bush and Cheney's tragic invasion of Iraq. It's the same Foreign Policy Community that even today calls for invading Iran while our forces are tied up in Iraq. And it's the same Foreign Policy Community that dropped the ball on North Korea, allowing them to develop nuclear weapons.
Those are our elite foreign policy scholars, folks -- and they bear an uncanny resemblance to our village idiots.