Thursday, January 22, 2015

Boehner Wants to Be Foreign Policy Guru Instead of the President

Man in the Middle of Nasty GOP Politics
(thanks to Speaker Boehner)

A lot of coverage on this subject - most all bad:

First this short segment from FOX news here.

Background on Who Sets U.S. Foreign Policy: The Constitution doesn't say anything about foreign policy per se, but it does make it clear who is in charge of America's official relationship with the rest of the world, and that is the President, not the Speaker of the House. Although Mr. Boehner has the right to invite anyone to address a joint session of Congress, snubbing the President is very unbecoming and quite frankly pretty low-down to say the least.

Article II of the Constitution does give the duties and powers for setting U.S. Foreign Policy to the President, saying in part that he has the powers to:

1.  Make treaties with other countries (with consent of the Senate).
2.  Appoint US. Ambassadors to other countries (with consent of the Senate).
3.  Receive Ambassadors from other countries.

Thus, the president has plenty of company in steering the ship of state within those powers.  

For example, Congress plays a key role in oversight of foreign policy as noted and they sometimes play a direct role as well as seen above (e.g., the Senate’s role in approving treaties and appointing U.S. Ambassadors).

Article II also establishes the president as Commander-in-Chief of the military, which gives him a lot of control over how the United States interacts with the rest of the world. As Clausewitz once noted: “War is the continuation of diplomacy by other means,” and that means foreign policy.  

GOP House Speaker John Boehner has clearly stepped way over the line with his recent invitation extended to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of congress without even coordinating that with the present that is scheduled for March 3rd, which is only a few days before general elections in Israel to discuss Iran

Some say this is a stick in Mr. Obama’s eye or a slap at him show him that Congress can and will act without him regardless. 

An excellent segment is also seen here addressing that point (it runs about 10 minutes):

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