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The Who's Pete Townsend Is 'A Neocon' Who Likes the U.S. as the World's Cop (Video)

6/16/2014 Greg Gilman

By Greg Gilman

The U.S. willingness to "police the world" has drawn some criticism over the years, but you won't hear English rocker Pete Townsend griping about U.S. foreign policy.

On the contrary, the Who guitarist has praised the U.S. for doing just that.

Calling himself "a bit of a neocon," Townsend told ABC News, "I like the idea of America as the world's police force and then we don't have to do it."

And the musician's admission is slightly out of character. Before labeling himself as a neoconservative, he said, "I try to stay away from American politics."

The reason, of course, is because he's aware that his political stance is "not that popular with everybody."

One opinion that reflects the American public's recent popular vote is a "continuum" of President Barack Obama's economic policies. But Townsend wasn't so sure that would happen since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had so much financial support.

"I thought he was throwing the money in such buckets," Townsend explained. "And I thought Obama looked tired because [Hurricane Sandy] must have come like a sock in the chops."

Watch the interview:

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