U.s. Foreign Policy Decisions

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everyone, not only because of threats of terrorist attacks or the danger of war, but for far more mundane reasons.” (Kaufman pg. 3). Here Kaufman begins to unravel the differences between these two types of foreign policy. The extraordinary are the issues surrounding war, terrorist attacks, cyber warfare. The mundane, is as simple as the labels on your clothing, but as complex as who is allowed entry into the U.S.. These topics do not elicit as much of a reaction, because as Kaufman argues “the foreign policy decisions that most people know about and follow closely are those that are extraordinary because the stakes appear to be so high.” (Kaufman pg. 3). Although there appears to be strong evidence suggesting the importance of foreign policy, that is not reflected in American culture. As noted above, this is strongly related to the perceived value of the issues. In today’s world we have more access to information than we have ever had in the history of the world. One would think this would lead to a more informed and educated public. While this could be the case in some areas of study, it is not the case in foreign policy. Mead addresses some of Americans views and the role they play throughout history. He makes several strong and persuasive declarations about American foreign policy stating “one of the most remarkable features of contemporary U.S. foreign policy is the ignorance of and contempt for the country’s own foreign policy” he goes on to add “lack of interest is

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