The Atlantic in an article called “Obama vs. Romney: Unknowable Foreign-Policy Differences, describes the incredibly ambiguous nature of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s foreign policy platforms. Both claim major differences compared to the other candidate, however, both have one very important issue in common and that’s a willingness to engage in drone strikes and attack Iran if they attempt to acquire nuclear weapons.
The most interesting aspect of these issues comes from the way in which these candidates intend to act when this time comes. Historically, it has been a requirement to ask congress for permission in matters of foreign policy. However, President Obama has already established a dangerous precedent by not ask for permission when attacking Libya. The fear is not that the President will start to bypass congress in all important foreign policy matters, but rather, that Congress’ ineptitude will force his hand. Was President Obama’s decision to bypass Congress an acknowledgement that Congress is gridlocked, and incapable of coming to quick consensus? If so, what will be the consequences of congressional gridlock on issues like Iran, and potentially North Korea. Congressional gridlock may be indirectly increasing the power of the executive branch, and without willingness to compromise, the legislative branch’s powers will continue to dwindle.