Congress shouldn't make foreign policy

December 19, 2014 3:26 PM

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently sneered at U.S. lawmakers' move to impose new economic sanctions on his country, saying that "80 percent of them have never left the USA." It was a cheap shot and probably inaccurate, but he has a broader point.

The United States is unusual in the way it allows the legislature to get involved in the details of making foreign policy, beyond oversight and approving declarations of war (Congress's day job, which it often doesn't do enough of). Legislating foreign policy detail sounds like a good idea — presuma...

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