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:
Overall, Anglophone Canada and Britain are the most popular allies, while Saudi Arabia followed by Russia are the least.
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.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.