In this apprehension, the country's founding fathers seem to have given overlapping powers to Legislature and Executive, and this led Edwin Corwin to say that both branches are expected "to struggle for the privilege of directing American Foreign Policy."
This has naturally resulted in Executive and Legislature sharing the foreign policy decisions. It has also resulted in a kind of competition and jealous guarding of their spaces, which has led to unpleasant bickering many times. Constitution has laid down these principles as effective check against each other's power, and the hope of a highly gratifying foreign policy that would be helpful not only to America, but also to the rest of the world, as America is a huge and powerful nation. They had not foreseen that America would become the only super power, but they had definitely foreseen that it would be an influential power in the world, that would have a definite say in world matters. These thinkers want that clout to be a very positive one. To a very large extent, they have attained their wish, though it leads to one-upmanship very often, especially when the incumbent in White House is not a visionary.
America had gained her independence much before any other colonies and her only rival in those years was Britain in world affairs. ...Show more