From the article:
“But let me repeat my hypothesis: Despite the frequent drama at the political level, America and Americans have found a comfortable center line in what it is they want their government to do and what it is they accept their government doing. It is that practical consensus that has fostered such powerful continuity between two vastly different presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, when it comes, when it comes to this conflict,” Hayden said Friday while speaking at the University of Michigan.
Boldface is mine.
Not sure I agree with that assertion, unless the “comfortable center line” is ignorance. I’m of the opinion that most Americans have no idea whatsoever how this war is being fought. Then again, that may be precisely what Hayden is saying.
It’s also the fact that voting is a pretty narrow channel for objections. Unsurprisingly domestic economics and policy are more important to most voters than foreign policy at most times. It after all affects the lives of most voters much much more directly. The reality is that lots of people who don’t like US foreign policy still vote “for it” because they are really voting for (or even against) other policies.