The Public Interest

Micromanaging foreign policy

L. Gordon Crovitz

Summer 1990

THE UNITED STATES was built on the idea that there is no greater political danger or political temptation than the exercise of power without accountability. The Founders would not have been surprised that Congress today routinely yields to this temptation. Congress now tries to micromanage most those affairs—foreign policy—for which its members are held least responsible.

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