Can you help me understand this Political Science question?
Please reply to the question and comment constructively on a classmates’ posting.
Q: How foreign policy is made, and who makes it:
Discuss how foreign policy is made and identify the key players in this process. Use examples if or when possible. When possible, some of you may relate online articles to the chapter of the book.
Here is classmate’s posting from question. Please reply in 1st person point of view.
According to foreign policy association, “The President of the United States negotiates treaties with foreign nations, then treaties enter into force only if ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. The President is also Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces, and as such has broad authority over the armed forces.” Presidents have more power and responsibility in foreign and defense policy than in domestic affairs. They are the commanders in chief of the armed forces; they decide how and when to wage war. As America’ chief diplomat, the president has the power to make treaties to be approved by the Senate. And as head of state, the president speaks for the nation to other world leaders and receives ambassadors. Also according to the text we are reading, “”On October 10, 2002, Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing the president to deploy U.S armed forces in order to conduct military actions against Iraq with very little congressional oversight.” (Bresler, pg 493) There is also a clause that empowers the President to appoint certain public officials with the “advice and consent” of the Senate. This clause also allows lower-level officials to be appointed without the advice and consent process. Thus, the President is responsible for the appointment of both upper- and lower-level diplomats and foreign-aid workers. So the two big key player in this process that makes and influences to make these foreign policies is the president and congress, they are very influential in US foreign policy, and directs the nation’s war-waging, treaties, and diplomatic relations.
Bresler, Freidrich et al. “Understanding American Politics.” 2020.
“How Foreign Policy Is Made.” Foreign Policy Association, Fpa.org.
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