Foreign Policy Of The United States Essay

1618 Words May 5th, 2016 7 Pages
When asked today who controls the majority of the foreign policy of the United States, an American would probably answer, “The President.” However, the legislative branch plays a role in foreign affairs as well. When President Obama traveled to Cuba in the spring, many members of Congress accompanied him. In fact there once was a time, a small window in post World War II America, where the executive branch would work seamlessly with the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations. Instead, President Roosevelt and his staff, as well President Truman in the 9040s, committed themselves to working with members of their own party in the legislative branch as well as Republican leaders to foster a bipartisan, decisive congress. World War II had created the environment for bipartisanship to dominate: Europe was in economic ruin, The Soviet Union was beginning to emerge, and eyes were on the new super power, The United States of America, to rebuild the world devastated by war. The United Nations Charter, formulated by of Roosevelt and Churchill, marked the beginning of bipartisan foreign policy in the US, a philosophy that led to a strong UN and effective US foreign Policy in the 40s and 50s. Defining bipartisanship is no easy task. Political Scientist David Farnswoth concludes, “Majority party consultation with the minority party at some point in the decision making process seems to be basic to any definitions of bipartisanship.” However, he complicates this explanation by continuing…

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