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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Senate In Charge of Foreign Affairs..... Oh Great!

In an article entitled Congress Mum on Iran Plans, Nick Danger reports that House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Frist may
announce as early as Sunday which allies will be permitted to assist
the United States in the event that action must be taken against the
growing threat from Iran. Congressional
Republicans recently announced
that the Congress will henceforth be managing relations with allies.

The newly-created Congressional Diplomacy Office will take over from
the State Department, fielding its own diplomats such as Senator
Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), who will work with foreign leaders to
maintain and strengthen alliances.
"Congress has long sought to
micro-manage foreign policy, and the looming confrontation with a
nuclear-armed Iran seems like a good place to start," said one source
close to Republicans.

Where did this come from? How does this jibe with Article II, Section 2, Paragraph 2 of the United States Constitution which says:

He (the President) shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,
to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;
and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the
Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls,
judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United
States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and
which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the
appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the
President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.

Also, according to the Constitution, which is supposed to be the law of the land, the legislative branch has nothing to do with foreign policy, other than the specifications set out above.

I tell ya, I can hardly wait for the self-serving, head-up-ass Sen. Schumer to start negotiating with our allies. What cha bet they won't be allies for long?

UPDATE: I think Nick Danger's story is fictitious and to make a point. Read and posted it last night as real news, albeit freaky, but woke up this morning obsessed by trying to verify the story. So, right now, I'm going with.... it ain't true, but Nick makes a good point. Read the comments in the original article.


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