Foreign Policy : The Presidency And The Congress Essay

1767 Words Oct 27th, 2015 8 Pages
The executive arm of the government under the President wields more power as compared to the Congress. The feeling that power should be shared 50-50 between the Presidency and the Congress is a fallacy. Foreign policy involves various players, the executive arm, and the Congress being the major policy contributors (Hastedt 169).However, the Presidency has several key arms that provide a superior advantage. Considering that the Presidency is established on a purely political process, the Congress somehow becomes divisive on matters relating to foreign policy, always leaning on one side, in this case, the Presidency. Pillar (51) clearly depicts the scenario during the Republican presidential candidate’s debates in his book. The candidates make a blatant promise to their parties that they will establish a foreign policy once they get in power. A political vehicle is, thus, being used to enforce the agenda of the government. It provides the Presidency and its relevant institutions with more powers over foreign policy. Additionally, George W. Bush is seen trumpeting on how his foreign policy worked in Iraq. The gesture partly attributes the ‘successes of the foreign policy to an individual and not to a body such as Congress.’ In essence, it is attributing success to George Bush both as a person and as the institution of the Presidency (Hastedt 177).
The executive arm of the government under the President receives substantive information through the intelligence community on…

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