Author Topic: What's wrong with U.S. foreign policy?  (Read 389 times)

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Re: What's wrong with U.S. foreign policy?
« on: June 12, 2019, 06:48:57 pm »
Well, that is more with domestic politics. Don't forget that, over time, the use of "executive agreements" has increased. This is a get-out-of-jail-free card for presidential foreign policy where the president can say "Oh, it's not a real treaty, just an executive agreement" and thus bypass senatorial consent. Senators stay longer than 4-8 years, typically. Presidents come and go.

The rough draft of the constitution (Aug. 6, 1787 "Report of the Committee of Detail") described a really weak presidency and most of the power over foreign policy was delegated to the senators.

Not saying we should go that route precisely, but a return to the classic "advice and consent" over all international agreements between the U.S. and another country would probably do us good.

Good point. We see how many Presidents started wars without getting the Congress/Senate  to declare war. I will defer to your point on Defence policy for sure and where it ends and foreign policy picks up oh hell I don't know does anyone?  The US foreign and defence policies are so closely aligned. Its a fine line.

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