France’s Continuing Ability to Irritate Republicans

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Dec. 4 2013 5:43 PM

Republicans Love Israel and Japan. Democrats Love France and Mexico.

Pew’s new America’s Place in the World survey, in addition to showing an overall decline in support for U.S. global engagement and pessimism about the future of American power, also shows that Americans are somewhat divided over their favorite allies:

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Overall, Anglophone Canada and Britain are the most popular allies, while Saudi Arabia followed by Russia are the least.

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Interestingly, the French have shown a particular knack for staying on the bad side of American Republicans. France was the most vocal opponent of American militarism during the Bush years, but has now pivoted to become the leading proponent of humanitarian intervention at the same time the party is turning increasingly isolationist and critical of democracy promotion.

“Mind your own damn business fries” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, though.  

Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs and writes the World blog. 

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