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Citizens Should Understand Foreign Policy

March 15, 2015

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ObamaPryor

I write this FOREIGN POLICY LECTURE assuming that Face the Nation, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, The New York Times and all Democrats do not know this nor can they grasp the shared responsibilities of the President and the Senate:

The Constitution vests the power to make foreign policy in the federal government. It precludes the states from entering into “any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation.

Within the federal government, the Constitution divides foreign-policy making power between the President and the Senate, giving them shared authority over the making of treaties and the extension of diplomatic recognition to other nations.  It is through our President and our Senators that we the people have a voice.  In my case I have full faith in my Senator, Tom Cotton, a veteran of two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard and received his Law Degree from Harvard Law School.  Senator Cotton previously served as a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives.  I have great misgivings about my President who released the leader of ISIS in 2009 and refuses to secure our borders and coastlines.  I view his purge of senior military officers and non commissioned officers with great skepticism and hear from several sources that our military is not being allowed to prosecute the Global War on Terrorism with sincerity.

Specifically, the Constitution gives the Senate the power of “Advice and Consent” on treaties, which the President is responsible for negotiating. The Senate also has the power of “Advice and Consent” in the appointment of ambassadors nominated by the President. Thus, while the Constitution reserves foreign policy for the federal government, it gives the states—as represented by their Senators—an indirect but potent influence over the making of foreign policy.

The Constitution gives the House of Representatives no separate powers in the realm of foreign policy, though in cooperation with the Senate and the President it shares the power of issuing formal declarations of war. But the House can still affect foreign policy. The Founding Fathers understood that U.S. foreign policy would be influenced by what George Washington referred to as “enlightened” public opinion. The House, using its power of the purse and its ability to command the spotlight, plays a role in expressing public sentiments on foreign policy, and thus holding the President to account.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~KK

Good Foreign Policy ended the Cold War while bad Foreign Policy allowed North Korea to develop nuclear weapons. When any radical regime opposed to America gets nuclear weapons, America is weakened.

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