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US foreign policy

• On November 10 in the Irish Independent, James Downey wrote: "Foreign affairs did not attract the interest of American voters during the election campaign. They seldom do."

In 1947 at the start of the Cold War, Republican senator Arthur Vandenburg spoke from the floor of the US Senate, arguing that "politics stops at the water's edge". Since that speech, both major parties have adhered to his opinion. Perhaps this accounts in part for the American public's little interest in foreign affairs.

Vincent J Lavery
Dalkey, Co Dublin

Irish Independent