What are some problems that might occur if Congress had more control over foreign policy than the president?

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The main issue that would arise if Congress was in control of foreign policy would be competing ideologies. While half the country will tend to disagree with the President regardless of what their policies are, at least there is a clear, unified message, whatever it may be. The President has...

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The main issue that would arise if Congress was in control of foreign policy would be competing ideologies. While half the country will tend to disagree with the President regardless of what their policies are, at least there is a clear, unified message, whatever it may be. The President has the sole voice and acts as the speaker and representative to other nations.

If the Congress was in control of foreign policy, the competing parties would have to vie for not only their own policies to be made official but for the opportunity to represent the nation in front of other countries. This would lead to confusion and shifting policies that would be incomprehensible and very difficult to continually support. With one voice and one ideology at the forefront, it is easy to understand what the foreign policy decisions will be and who will be representing the nation.

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The most important problem that could occur would be the lack of a single voice in creating foreign policy.  Imagine a situation like the one we have today.  We have a Senate that is controlled by the Democrats while the Republicans control the House.  If Congress were in control of foreign policy, it would be extremely difficult to have any sort of a coherent policy.  We know that it is hard for Congress to do anything in domestic policy, so we can assume they would not agree on foreign policy issues either.

A foreign policy controlled by Congress, then, would be uncoordinated with many different voices clamoring to be heard.  It would also be tardy as endless debates in Congress would make it hard for any definitive action to be taken quickly.

 

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