WHY DOES OUR FOREIGN POLICY SUFFER FROM LACK OF CONSISTENCY? ARE WE REALLY SO IRRATIONAL?
The making of a sound American foreign policy involves a number of players and an endless number of influencers. Foreign policy initiatives can come from the President, the State Department, or Congress. The President retains command of the military and the ability to make appointments and handle treaties. The President is also the person who receives foreign representatives and works with them to achieve accord.
The best arrangement is where the President works cordially with Congress on all major foreign policy initiatives. Here is where the trouble starts. Congressional members come from two parties who have quite different views on what our foreign policy should be overall and what it should be toward particular countries such as China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Iraq and other hotspots. The President represents the views largely of the Party that got him or her elected. The President must rely on supplying facts and arguments to members of the other party to justify positions taken on any major foreign policy initiative. Compromises are inevitable.
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