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Diplomacy, Yes; Strong Defense, Yes.


November 10, 2008—Americans believe the top three foreign policy issues that should receive the most attention are: improving the nation's stature in the world; protecting American worker jobs; and securing adequate energy supplies, according to results of a survey conducted before the November elections by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Curbing the proliferation of nukes and combating terrorism around the world are next and "maintaining superior military power worldwide" is No. 7 after reducing the number of illegal immigrants. There is general consensus among both Republicans and Democrats that the US must improve its standing in the world. In that vein, according to Marshall Bouton, president of the Chicago Council, Americans want the US to employ "its full diplomatic arsenal to resolve conflict," including talking with leaders of "unfriendly" governments. Yet, despite this preference for a shift in foreign policy approach, the council notes that a majority (57 percent) of Americans still favor a strong military with 31 percent advocating an increase in defense spending and another 40 percent wanting at least to maintain current spending. That's good news, considering the Air Force and the other services have been underfunded for several years. Want to know more, read Air Force Magazine Editor in Chief Robert S. Dudney's "Hard Times."

Source: Chicago Council on Global Affairs: Global Views 2008